PSYC08018 2016 the psychology of ageing

General Details

Full Title
the psychology of ageing
Transcript Title
the psychology of ageing
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rosaleen Rushe
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_SoCaSOCI_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

This module examines the normal processes of ageing.  It explores mental health difficulties in older adults, issues of loss and bereavement.  It focuses on attachment in later life, sexuality, elder abuse, dementia, quality of life variables, models of care, etc

It is examined by a presentation worth 100%.  This is done either individually or in a small group of the student's own choosing.  The focus of the presentation is older adult.  Students may wish to present a particular topic in-depth or present an intervention of benefit to older adults.

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 1:  Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2:  Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking

Domain 3:  Safety and Quality

Domain 4:  Professional Development

Domain 5:  Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand the normal processes of ageing (Domain 5.1, 5.7,5.9).


Develop a comprehensive knowledge of mental health difficulties encountered by older adults (causes, symptoms, treatment and treatment efficacy) (Domain 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 2.9, 2.17, 3.1, 3.6).


Critically debate issues of ageism, elder abuse, relationships, sexuality and attachment, models of elder care etc (Domain 1.3,1.5,1.6, 2.4, 2.9, 2.12, 4.4, 5.1)


Demonstrate an understanding of  the challenges of dementia, cognitive impairment, alzheimers to the older person and the carer. (Domain .1.5, 1.8, 2.2, 2.3, 2.12, 2.17, 3.1, 5.1).


Make an in-depth presentation to tutorial group on a topic related to older adults and/or produce an intervention for use with this age group (Domain 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.12, 2.17, 3.1, 3.6, 4.4, 5.1, 5.7) 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching is through one hour weekly of a lecture on a specific topic as outlined above

Students will also be given a two-hour tutorial weekly.

Students are expected to read journal articles, book chapters relevant to the weekly lecture topic.

These readings will be set by lecturer and also chosen by students.

Tutorials will be interactive with discussion from readings and also role play and peer learning opportunities

Students will also give a presentation to their tutorial group

Learning outcomes 1,2,3, 4 and 5 are assessed in this manner

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is assessed through a presentation.  The presentation is either individually or in groups (students' choice) on a topic of the student's choosing.

A problem-solving approach is taken where the students identify an aspect of gerontology they wish to explore and present their research/intervention to their tutorial group

Learning outcomes 1,2,3, 4 and 5 are assessed in this way

This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

100% Presentation: Domain 1.1, 1.3, 1.5 1.6 1.8, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.12, 2.17, 3.1, 3.6, 4.4, 5.1, 5.7 & 5.9.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat presentation if required last week of the semester

Indicative Syllabus

An introduction to the ageing process - biological, social, emotional, cognitive, etc

Examination of assumptions about older adult development and the impact of such assumptions on the wellbeing of older adults

Recognition and treatment/care of mental health challenges faced by older adults, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer

Stress experiences and resilience among older adults, coping with loss and bereavement (death, health, place of residence)

An examination of elder abuse, discrimination, prejudices and how to combat the same

An examination of family care-giving and the impact of care-giving on carers

Models of care for older adults and issues of quality of life

An examination of the relationships between care, loss of autonomy and depression and other mental health issues

An examination of ethical issues (end of life care and decisions) and spiritual needs of older persons

An examination of HIQA standards in relation to elder care, their relevance and implementation

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 continuous Continuous Assessment Project 100 % Week 8 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016 Handbook of Geontology ResearchMethods Routledge

Recommended Reading
2016 Decision Making near the end if life Routledge

Recommended Reading
2016 When Professionsal Weep Routledge

Recommended Reading
2016 Multicultutal Counselling and Psychotherapy: A lifespan approach Routledge

Recommended Reading
2011 Mental Disorders in Older Adults Routledge

Recommended Reading
2010 Mental Health in Later Life Routledge

Recommended Reading
2008 Handbook of Psychosocial interventions with Older adults Routledge

Recommended Reading
2014 Alzheimer's Disease :-:- other Dementias Routledge

Recommended Reading
2015 The Preservation of Memory Psychology Press

Recommended Reading
2015 The Psychology of Control and Ageing Psychology Press

Recommended Reading
2015 Geriatric Depression Guilford Press

Recommended Reading
2014 The Agin g Mind Routledge

Module Resources

URL Resources

Trinity College TILDA Study

Alzheimer's Society of Ireland

Age Action Ireland

Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI)

World Health Organisation


College databases in particular "Web of Science" and "Science Direct"

Journals such as the Journal of Aging Studies, Journal of Affective Disorders etc

Other Resources