Older Person’s Mental Health (Online)

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, via our online platform NTiLearn.



Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.