Older Person's Mental Health (Online)

    Key Information

    Subject dates: 28 Sep - 4 Dec 2020

    Census date: 5 Oct 2020

    Lecturer: TBC

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Delivery: Online

    Subject Code: MH913

    Subject Overview

    Given a choice, the majority of older people would prefer to live in their own homes, despite challenges such as such as disabilities, loneliness and the problems of health care. This subject considers the healthcare needs of older people and the ways in which older people are represented through the media, health and social policies and legislation. The way that these representations impact on the mental health and wellbeing of older people and their access to healthcare will be analysed.


    Case studies will be used to evaluate the importance of having a sense of meaning and purpose, a sense of belonging, and achieving balance through social networks, service to others, nutrition, and physical activity. Research on contemporary evidence on severe challenges to mental wellbeing such as dementia, bereavement and end of life care, will be critically analysed. The role of compassion within healthcare provision for older people will be reflected upon. Students will develop advanced understanding of theories and methods for facilitating healthy ageing. Buddhist perspectives on death and dying are explored within this subject.


    Learning Outcomes

    • Discuss the psychological and physiological changes associated with ageing 

    • Critically analyse the determinants of mentally healthy ageing and the implications of an ageing population 

    • Examine the mental health care needs of older people and corresponding strategies for wellness 

    • Study and critically assess approaches to dementia, bereavement, the process of death and dying and end of life care


    Subject Structure

    This subject runs for ten weeks, and includes the following broad topic areas:


    * Psychological and physiological changes associated with ageing
    * Determinants of health ageing

    * Health care needs for healthy ageing

    * Implications of population ageing

    * Aged care and palliation

    The curriculum includes dementia, bereavement, death and dying and compassion.