norsk norsk&engelsk / norwegian&english

Course Description VIU8051 - Organising and Practicing Health and Social Services to the Elderly (2005/2006)

ECTS Credits20
DurationAutumn and Spring

* the student has specialized knowledge about the elderly and their families as consumers of health- and social services
* the student has specialized knowledge on care-giving, diagnosing and treatment of physical and psychiatric diseases in the elderly
* the student has knowledge on and insight into older peoples experience with grief and crises associated with life situations
* the student can contribute to health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation
* the student can contribute to quality and dignity in end-of-life care


Physical and acute diseases and injuries in the elderly - diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation
Progressive and chronic diseases - diagnostics, treatment and experiential issues for the recipient of care
Suffering and relief of symptoms
PHarmacology and therapeutics for the elderly - interactions and complications
Aging, health and technology
Nutrition related to health, aging and disease
Health promotion and prevention
Psychiatry and dementia in the elderly - biological, psychological and social aspects, diagnostics, problems with differential diagnoses, principles and theories on treatment/ care-giving, communication, collaboration and environmental issues
Continuity of care
Grief and bereavement - Coping and reactions to losses
The meaning and quality of life
Care at the end of the life
Caring for the family/ care-giver

Study MethodsLectures, Group Works, Net Supported Learning, Meeting(s) / Seminar(s), Tutoring
AssessmentHome Exam
Grading SystemPassed / Failed
Course RequirementsNone