Strong leadership and practical management are required in the provision of services for older people, now and in the future. People involved in all aspects of elderly care will benefit from re-examining their knowledge and experiences of leadership and management, so as to be better equipped for future challenges and opportunities. This course adopts an action learning approach to help students learn what is most important for them personally and professionally. Students will also gain insights and current knowledge of these areas from leading practitioners in elderly care.
Continuum of care and concepts of integration of care have gained importance as the awareness that “silo effect”, single disease and service focus do not meet complex patients’ needs. This course aims to introduce students to concepts of continuum of care, integration of care and comprehensive care. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview of a range of perspectives, theories, and clinical practices on continuum of care both Singapore focused and internationally. Each session will be taught by a different consultant.
Practicum in Care Management
A field experience designed to enhance knowledge and equip students with skills related to gerontological practice in long-term care. The practicum focuses on the role and responsibilities of the administrator/provider in managing resident-centered care facilities, and gaining core competencies in providing quality of life and quality of care to residents in long-term service programmes.
We offer a set of elective courses that are ageing-related from different disciplines each academic year. Elective courses are offered on a rotation basis, and not all electives will be offered in one trimester. The list below is a partial list of the courses that might be offered as electives.
Ageing and the End-of-Life: Exploring Death, Dying, and Bereavement
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major psycho-socio-cultural perspectives, theories and clinical practices on death and dying from a global viewpoint with a critical focus on the Asian experience. Through interactive lectures, experiential workshops, and creative group projects, students are offered an opportunity to examine the environmental, ethical, financial, political and public health issues of mortality.
Food, Nutrition, and Ageing
The course explores the role of a balanced nutrition for healthy ageing and for the prevention of age-related diseases. It consists of three parts: (1) understand the basics of nutrition, (2) focus specifically on the nutrition needs, screening and assessment of older adults based on their health status, and (3) learn about food preparation and consumption among older adults. By the end of the course, students will have a good understanding of nutritional needs and common nutrient deficiencies associated with chronic diseases in older adults, be able to apply the nutritional screening and assessment tools and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to prepare healthy meals for older adults.
Mental Health in Later Life
Mental disorders are a major contributor to the disease burden in elderly both globally and in Singapore. This course provides students with an overview of the principles and practice of mental health care for older adults, current knowledge gaps and research agendas. We will cover the mental health spectrum from normal to pathological ageing, selected mental disorders of late life, the current state of mental health care and the challenges across the disease trajectory and care continuum.
Arts, Ageing, and Wellbeing
This course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of arts and health with focus on the use of arts and creative approaches in the context of ageing and eldercare. We will explore concepts of art, ageing, and wellbeing, historical and contemporary debates, as well as examples of best practices and resources related to the field. This course will also introduce students to resources that supports implementation of art-based projects for older adults in various settings.
Gerotechnology creates ever-expanding entrepreneurial opportunities to develop new products and services for the ageing population. This course is designed to encourage students to see the world through the eyes of innovators and entrepreneurs working on the creation and testing of technologies which support the health of older adults. We will look at several domains of gerotechnology, explore issues like person-environment fit, privacy, security, and accessibility, and cover business plan development.
Chinese Medicine and Ageing
Chinese medicine has long been used as a complementary treatment for long term diseases and general health maintenance. This course explores the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its application to health and wellness of older people. Emphasis will be on age-related issues and illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, cerebrovascular diseases, gastrointestinal problems and cancer. We will also cover the nutrition and dietary therapies that will form holistic treatments for age-related problems.
Gerontology and Counselling
Counselling older people require specific knowledge and skills. Gerontological counsellors assist elderly patients in coping with mental and emotional health issues associated with ageing in order to improve their overall health and quality of life. This course introduces students to the basic counselling skills, approaches and interventions pertinent to working with older people.
Health Communication and Coaching
This course provides students with a broad overview of issues related to health communication and coaching, especially as they relate to older people. Issues related to communication practices between health professionals and patients, health communication through mass media and new technologies, and health coaching will be addressed.
Training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the student, faculty advisor, and worksite supervisor; gaining an understanding of the workings of a specific programme, agency, or institution; this practicum reinforces knowledge, theories and principles gained through courses in gerontology while engaging in direct, practical experience.