Working with older people | Abertay University

Working with older people


Populations across Scotland, the UK and the Western world are ageing. The health needs associated with an elderly population are being increasingly prioritised as policy makers and practitioners consider how best to respond to the challenge posed by this demographic change


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : an opportunity to explore the key issues facing older people with mental health problems. We examine the context of ageing, common mental health issues and approaches for helping with these.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically analyse and discuss the ageing process and explore the concept of healthy ageing.

2.  Critically discuss and analyse, current policy initiatives and their implications for mental health nursing.

3.  Critically discuss and evaluate common mental and physical health problems associated with old age.

4.  Critically explore narratives of ageing and their implications for mental health nurses.

Indicative Content

1 The ageing process

Biological, psychological and social perspectives on ageing. Attitudes towards older adults. Cultural perspectives on the older person

2 Examine current policy initiatives and their implications for practice

The ageing population and its impact on policy and models of service delivery and practice.

3 Common mental and physical health problems for the older adults

The relationship between physical and mental health problems. Working with people with co-existing health needs. Depression, substance misuse and dementia. Parkinson's disease, diabetes, health disease and stroke.

4 Older people's narratives

Service user and carer views on the care experience. Older people and carers as partners in care. Vulnerability and the frail person.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This course will be delivered utilising a blended learning approach and offering a flexible, learning opportunity through a variety of student centred teaching methods. This module will include 2 study days which will support introduction to the topic, their learning community, skills required for online learning and relevant skills based learning. Distance 28 learning will include online tutorials, webinars, articulate story software and interactive activities through the online blackboard. All teaching strategies will encourage participation to enable integration and application of theoretical principles into practice. Participation in interactive discussion through online discussion forums is significant to enable sharing of ideas, reflection on previous experience and to develop problem solving skills. Private study is also an important element of the programme which enables the student to be fully responsible for achieving their learning needs. Reading / study material will guide learning via our online blackboard. A library session will familiarise students with the Abertay library and online journal search facilities. Structured Feedback will take place in week 7. Reflection and analysis of individual progress will be supported through Blackboard by access to resources and the online forums. Students will be expected to spend time this week drafting an outline of their assignment for comments by the module leader and planning their study activity for the remaining 7 weeks.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 15
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 125

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.