Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


POPLPRAC 768 - Principles of Gerontology

30 Points

Semester 2

Tāmaki

Course offered by the School of Nursing

Description


Explores the issues of providing health services for an ageing population from a number of perspectives: demographics, sociology, psychology, successful ageing, public policy, economics, design, workforce and service provision.  The principles that underpin gerontology and models of service delivery to older people are examined as are the attitudes that improve the partnership between individuals, carers and other family members, and health professionals in the delivery of services to older people.

Requisite


Restriction: POPLPRAC 725, 726

Outline


The aim of the course is to extend knowledge and understanding of the health and welfare needs of older people. It will explore issues related to providing health services for an ageing population from a range of perspectives; demographics, sociology, psychology successful ageing, public policy, economics, design, workforce and service provision.

The principles that underpin gerontology and models of services delivery that support older people’s dignity and “sense of control” over their lives will be examined. It also explores attitudes that improve the partnerships between individuals, carers and other family members, and health professional colleagues in the delivery of services to older people. This course is for registered nurses and health professionals working with older people, and their families, in a range of settings across the health continuum including primary health, secondary and community care and service development.

Learning outcomes


The course has been developed to allow students to explore the issues facing and ageing society and its health services working from the principles of gerontology

  • Discuss the demographic trends in NZ and the rest of the world and evaluate the impact on health services for older people

  • Critically review sociological theories about adaptation and adjustment in later life

  • Critically review personality development in later life and the impact for person centred care 

  • Identify and explore lifestyle patterns that relate to the concept of successful ageing

  • Analyse the concept of “Ageing-in-place”, the impact of this on individuals, families and communities and the effect on future health service delivery 

  • Critically review national policies for older people

  • Examine the economic impact of ageing on the individual and their community

  • Analyse the impact of an ageing health workforce  on service delivery 

  • Critically review services for older people and identify examples of innovative practice

Course structure and delivery


The course has four study days in a two study blocks.  Additional course material, links to online resources and communication with the course lecturers are provided through the Canvas website.

Assessments

Limit

Weighting 

Assessment 1 (Written assignment and verbal presentation)

2000 words

30%

Assessment 2 (Written assignment)

2500 words

30%

Assessment 3 (Written assignment)

2500 words

30%

Assessment 4 (Online class discussion

Two with minimum of total contribution 1000 words

10%

Course Coordinator


Clinical Coordinator