Working with Older People

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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.

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    Level
    7
  •  
    Credits
    20
  •  
    Cost
    $886 NZ Domestic
  •  
    EFTS
    0.1667
  • Delivery type
    2023
    Trimester 1 & 2 2023 Online only
  • Teaching weeks 16 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
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    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

Assessment

100% internal assessment 

Textbooks

No textbooks are required for this course

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

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.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate of Proficiency
Bachelor's Degree
Graduate Diploma

Course availability over the next 12 months

2023
Jan
Feb

Trimester 1 enrolment dates

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14 Feb 2023
27 Feb 2023
18 Jun 2023
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul

Trimester 2 enrolment dates

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20 Jun 2023
3 Jul 2023
22 Oct 2023
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
  •  
    Level
    7
  •  
    Credits
    20
  •  
    Cost
    $886 NZ Domestic
  •  
    EFTS
    0.1667
  • Delivery type
    2023
    Trimester 1 & 2 2023 Online only
  • Teaching weeks 16 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
  •  
    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying