Ageing and Well Being
Run by School of Health Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Simon Bishop
Overall aims and purpose
This module will explore the subject of ageing from differing perspectives. Students will explore ageing from a biopsychosocial perspective amongst others and the impact this has on the individual. The module also aims to explore the way in which notions of 'old age' have changed with increased longevity and improved health and the contribution made to society as equality legislation changes ideas of employability and wider social aspects of later life.
The module will also allow students to explore how changes to family structures, social mobility impacts on the older adult and how national policy to supports health and well-being for an older ageing population and implications of an increasingly ageing society for health and social care services. The indicative content for this module includes:
1) Cultural dimensions of ageing and use of language 2) Dignity and respect 3) Demographic changes 4) Changing social structures and families 5) Social inclusion and social isolation 6) Equality legislation and policy related to the older adult 7) Exercise and physical and mental health 8) Supported decision making.
A- to A+ Grade: To achieve an ‘excellent pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate comprehensive understanding and ability to critically analyse key topics related to the health and well-being of an ageing population. This will need to be supported by a comprehensive range of appropriate literature.
B- to B+ Grade: To achieve a ‘ very good pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate a broad understanding and ability to explore and analyse key topics related to the health and well-being of an ageing population.
C- to C+
C- to C+ Grade: To achieve a 'good pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate good knowledge, understanding and some analysis of a range of topics related to the health and well-being of an ageing population.
D- to D+ Grade: To achieve a ‘threshold pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate a basic understanding and knowledge of key topics related to the health and well-being of an ageing population. A D- grade is needed to pass the module.
Discuss the key factors relevant to living with a terminal or progressive condition.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the biopsychosocial factors relevant to the older adult.
Interpret international, national and local demographic trends in relation to ageing populations.
Debate the different cultural perceptions of the contributions the older adult makes to society and the impact this has on social inclusion or exclusion.
|EXAM||Individual MCQ test||
Individual MCQ test <90 minutes (+25% for eligible students) based on the taught content to test knowledge and understanding
|INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION||Public-facing resource||
Create a public-facing resource. Develop a 20-minute Oral documentary/ short film/ information booklet on living with dementia or any other progressive and / or terminal condition affecting older adults.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lecture - 24 hours (2 per week over twelve weeks)
Assessment workshop - 2 hours ( 1 x 1 hour assessment workshop and 1 x 1 hour supervision workshop for the presentation).
Private study for reading and assessment completion
Seminars for 1 hour per week over 10 weeks.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
Understand the subject of ageing from differing perspectives, including the older adult, their carers and wider society.
Appreciate the biopsychosocial factors influencing older adults and the impact this has on the individual.
Engage with the ways in which notions of 'old age' have changed with increased longevity and improved health.
Understand the contribution made to society as equality legislation changes ideas of employability and wider social aspects of life.
Resource implications for students
1. Access to IT/Blackboard for discussion boards, MCQ, and module resources. 2. Access to on-line library catalogues
Council of Europe (2006). Population and Ageing: Its Challenges to Social Policy. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
Dobhammer, G. (2010). Ageing, care needs and quality of life. London: Springer Publications.
Garibaldi, P., Joaquim, O.M., & Van Ours, J. (2010). Ageing, Health and Productivity: the Economics of Increased Life Expectancy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Victor, C.R. (2010). Ageing, Health and Care. Bristol: Policy Press.