This course will enable learners to analyse the implications of social and demographic changes for the health and wellbeing of older people and kaumātua in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to critically review contemporary developments in relevant social and health care policy.
Delivery type2019Trimester 2 2019
Allow 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course.
Cost2019NZ students $838 + $60 annual administration fee
International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying
For more information watch the course introduction video below.
Learners will be able to assess the physical, social, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs of older people, recognise the impact of ageism and elder abuse on health and wellbeing, and evaluate issues associated with balancing autonomy and risk. The course will also consider social work practices to empower and to promote the independence, health and wellbeing of older people.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to
- Analyse the implications of social and demographic changes for the health and wellbeing of older people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Critically review contemporary developments in social and health care policy for older people.
- Assess the physical, social, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs of an older person(s) and the impact of ageism and elder abuse on their health and wellbeing.
- Propose and evaluate social work practices that empower and promote the independence, health and wellbeing of older people while balancing autonomy and managing risk
Course content includes
- Older people in Aotearoa New Zealand – including contemporary social and demographic changes; cultural diversity and different family formations; key social and health care policy issues.
- The nature of ageing – including psychological; biological and physical changes; transition and coping strategies.
- Health and wellbeing issues in old age – including psychological health; managing chronic disease; living with disability; dementia; dying, death and dignity.
- Ageism – societal attitudes, challenging prejudice and discrimination.
- Carers, communities and older people – including balancing needs and rights; informal care; gender, sexual identity and orientation issues; social support networks; care in rural and remote areas.
- Out of home care ¬– hospitals, respite and residential care.
- Elder abuse – financial abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
- Cultural diversity and spirituality.
- Balancing rights and risks and promoting autonomy.
- Advocacy and campaigning approaches to promoting change
- Mental health issues – depression and dementia.
- Community and home-based support services – independent living services, assistive technology and telecare.
- Skills to analyse, organise and apply research findings
This course is 100% internally assessed
There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.
How to enrol
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
- choose the qualification you will study the course under
- check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.