15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Globally, the world's population has been ageing at an unprecedented rate. Older people have unique physiological, social and psychological characteristics, which affect their responses to illness and injury. The approach to health and illness in older people must take into account the special characteristics of this section of the population. As healthcare providers and researchers, it is important that we understand these issues to be able to provide optimal care for our older patients. This module aims to provide students with an overview of health and illness in older people. Students will learn about the unique characteristics of older people, and the ways in which these impact on the provision of health and social care. Students will also explore the challenges of conducting high quality research in older people and develop the skills required to overcome these challenges.

Staff Contact: Sarah Barnes / Sarah Smith
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Problem solving, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK