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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Ageing in Society
Module Code NS520
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Catriona Murphy
Semester 2: Catriona Murphy
Autumn: Catriona Murphy
Module TeachersCatriona Murphy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

To examine the impact of ageing demography on health and social care systems nationally and internationally To assess the evidence base for models of care delivery for older adults across care environments which lead to improved health and social care outcomes and positive patient experiences

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically review the impact of ageing demography on health and social care across a range of care contexts
2. Critically analyse the evidence base for integrated and multidisciplinary models of health and social care and assess their impact on quality of care
3. Evaluate key contemporary issues in relation to the health and social care of older adults
4. Critically discuss the role of patient/family/carer/user involvement in the care of older adults and evaluation of the experience of care
5. Explore the challenges to providing culturally competent care to diverse groups of older adults

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lecture, Discussion, Debate
Online activity80Review, Research
Independent Study134Reading, Research
Tutorial12Lecturer and Student Led Tutorials
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Ageing demography
Exploring the impact of ageing demography on health and social care systems nationally and internationally.

Health and social care policy and regulatory frameworks

Integrated and multidisciplinary models of health and social care

Contemporary issues across care environments
Ageism; Chronic disease self-management; Immobility and falls prevention; Multimorbidity; Frailty; Incontinence; Polypharmacy; Cognitive decline; Care at the end of life; Assistive technologies;

Legal and ethical issues in health and social care for older adults

Patient/family/carer involvement in health and social care planning, implementation and evaluation
Person centered care; Dignified and compassionate care

Heterogeneity of older adults
Recognition of the diversity of need according to individual value systems which may be based on racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious or minority group affiliation

Reflective practice
Reflection through blogging of the care provider/advocate role with the older adult/family/carer during their engagement with health and social care

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityReflective blog20%Other
AssignmentEvidence based topic review20%Week 5
EssayEssay60%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • BENSADON BA.: 2015, Psychology and Geriatrics: Integrated care for an Aging Population, Elsevier Inc., London,
  • ELIOPOULOS C.: 2017, Gerontological Nursing, 9, Wolters Kluwer\Lippincott Williams & WIlkins, London, 0060000384
  • GRENIER A.,: 2012, Transitions and the lifecourse: challenging the constructions of 'growing old', Policy Press, Bristol,
  • HARPER S., HAMBLIN K.: 2016, International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy, 2, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 978178347426
  • HIGGS, P. & GILLEARD, C.: 2016, Personhood Identity and Care in Advanced Old Age, University of Chicago Press, Chicago,
  • HYDE, M. & HIGGS, P.: 2017, Ageing and Globalisation, University of Bristol Policy Press, Bristol,
  • KOMP K. & JOHANSSON S. (eds.): 2015, Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective: Critical and international approaches, Policy press at the University of Bristol, Bristol,
  • MCEVOY P.: 2014, Chronic Disease Management: A New Paradigm for Care, Radcliffe, London, 1908911565
  • MURPHY, C.: 2015, Demographic and health profile of older adults using public health nursing services in Ireland: Findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)., The Institute of Community Health Nursing and The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin.,
  • PERLEY R. (Ed.): 2016, Managing the long-term care facility: practical approaches to providing quality care, Jossey-Bass, San-Francisco, 9781118654743
  • PHILLIPSON C.: 2013, Ageing, Polity, Cambridge,
  • RAHMAN S: 2019, Living with Frailty From Assets and Deficits to Resilience, 1, Routledge, 9781138301204
  • RANDALL S., FORD H. (Editors): 2011, Long Term Conditions, Wiley-Blackwell, 9781444332490
  • SCHARF T. KEATING N.: 2012, From exclusion to inclusion in old age: a global challenge, Policy Press, Bristol,
  • TAGGART L., COUSINS W: 2014, Health Promotion For People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities, Open University Press, Berkshire, UK., 978-033524694
  • TOUHY T., JETT KF.: 2016, Ebersole & Hess' gerontological nursing and healthy ageing, 5th, Elsevier Mosby, St Louis, Missouri,
Other Resources

31511, Online, Age and Ageing, 0, Journal, https://academic.oup.com/ageing, 31512, Online, Geriatric Nursing, 0, Journal, http://www.gnjournal.com/, 31513, Online, Health and Social Care in the Community, 0, Journal, 31514, Online, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 0, Journal, 31515, Online, International Journal of Older People Nursing, 0, Journal, 31516, Online, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 0, Journal, 31517, Online, Journal of Aging and Health, 0, Journal, 31518, Online, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 0, Journal, 31519, Online, Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 0, Journal, 31520, Online, Nursing Older People, 0, Journal,
Programme or List of Programmes
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MIDHPMSc Intell. Dis. Health Care Practice
MIDNPMSc in Int. Dis. Nurs. Practice
MMHNPMasters in Mental Health Nursing Practic
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Date of Last Revision11-NOV-04

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