Nursing Older People


This module provides the student with an overview of key issues in nursing older people.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with :the opportunity to explore a range of contemporary issues that influence older peoples' health and to identify ways health can be promoted.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate awareness of issues which influence the health and well-being of an ageing population.

2.  Discuss the social, psychological and biological aspects of ageing.

3.  Consider health issues faces older people, their care and treatment

4.  Evaluate a range of health improvement strategies for enhancing care, health and well being of the elderly.

5.  Describe the concepts of proactive and anticipatory care

Indicative Content

1 Contemporary issues in elderly care

Recent demographic changes and resulting increase in the elderly population. Consequences of ageing, the elderly living in rural communities, families and older relatives, the "problems" of ageing e.g. poor housing, ill health, lower income, age discrimination. Emerging issues: substance misuse, living with multiple and long term conditions, 'baby-boomer carers", vulnerability, adult protection, abuse ,safeguarding, discrimination. Policy framework

2 The social, psychological and biological aspects of ageing

Engagement and withdrawal, discrimination and stigma Physiological changes with ageing, e.g. frailty, immobility, instability, incontinence and dementia

3 Proactive and anticipatory care.

Caring the carers, addressing elderly abuse, bereavement and dying in old age, proactive care in the management of long term illness, medicines and the older adult, compliance and concordance. Maintaining health in physical illness and disability. Voluntary and social support. Exploring stigma and discrimination

4 Health improvement

Nutrition and health, health and health promotion, e.g. prevention of falls. Healthy ageing, exercise and ageing. Alternatives to institutional care.

5 Health issues

Frailty, immobility, instability, incontinence and dementia. Complex and multiple health needs

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is delivered via lecture and tutorial. Students are encouraged to engage in discussion and debate and to evaluate their own perceptions of age and ageing. Directed reading is used to further explore areas of interest and to inform later classroom and online discussion. A range of resources are used to explore the lived experience of ageing.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
Independent 140

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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.