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Mental Health and Ageing (PSYT90092)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90092
Term 4 - Online
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In this subject the implications of mental health and ageing are explored from a range OF perspectives. Lectures will place mental health and ageing within a lifespan framework with an emphasis on both cognitive changes in later life and consideration of other challenges to mental health as people age, including inequality and marginalisation. The subject will also focus on issues such as the high rates of suicide among older men, the impact of loneliness and social isolation on mental health, and human rights, particularly supported decision making. Integrated and multidisciplinary approaches, and community and population based strategies, to prevent and respond to age related cognitive decline and other common mental health problems in older people will be introduced. This subject also will consider strategies to support an ageing worldwide population, including mental health promotion.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Clearly articulate the factors that lead to older people being at risk of experiencing one or more mental health problems
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the common mental health disorders that occur in later life
  • Appraise strategies at individual, community and population based levels to improve mental health among older people

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • High level written communication skills.
  • Advance information and interpretation skills.
  • Advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions.

Last updated: 30 September 2019