Approaches to Care with Older Adults

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‘Approaches to Care with Older Adults’ examines health care needs of older people, and the ways in which older people are represented through the media, health and social policies, and legislation, and the way that these representations impact on their lives and their access to health care services.
Given a choice, the majority of older people would prefer to live in their own homes despite disabilities, loneliness and the problems of health care. This subject investigates the physiological changes associated with ageing; the determinants of healthy ageing; the health care needs of an ageing population; the implications of population ageing; and aged care and palliation issues.

​Students Will

  • Discuss the physiological changes associated with ageing.
  • Critically analyse the determinants of healthy ageing and the implications of an ageing population.
  • Examine the health care needs of an ageing population and models of care.
  • Study and critically assess approaches to dementia and palliation in aged care.

Who is it for?

‘Health and Social Wellbeing’ courses are relevant to people working in a diverse range of fields. For example:

  • Counselling
  • Therapy/Mind-Body Therapies
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care
  • Psychology/Psychiatry/
  • Social Work
  • Health Services/Health Promotion
  • Chronic illness/Pain Management
  • Education
  • Welfare Organisations, Aid, Community Centres
  • Community Development
  • Youth
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability Sector
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport
  • Business Management/HR, Mentoring, Coaching, Organisational Development
  • Life Coaching