Professional studies

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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to get an insight into how well-being can be promoted by activities with elderly persons and how to inspire the elderly in their everyday life.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to

- understand the importance of health promotion and goal-oriented activity based on the needs of of the elderly person
- understand how creativity can be a stimulating and an activating factor psychologically, socially and physically.
- do different types of activities with the elderly (e.g.active listening, discussion,intergenerational contact, senior dance, music, singing, walking etc. depending on the interest and the functional capacity of the elderly person and the opportunities in his/her environment)
- show an understanding of the benefits of both group and individual activities with older persons
- work in project groups
- meet older clients in their home

Course contents

- different types of activities, promotion of well-being and health promotion
- team-work in project groups
- regular home visits to seniors

Prerequisites and co-requisites

basics in gerontology

Additional information

- pass/fail
Passed course requires: performed home visits, participation in common- and follow-up meetings with the team, submitted assignment. Deadline for submitted assignment 25.5.2010

Recommended or required reading

Current articles

Gibson, Faith. 1998. Reminiscence and recall. Burgess Hill, Selwood Printing.

Murphy, Joan & Tester, Susan & Hubbard, Gill & Downs, Murna & Mac Donald, Charlotte. 2004. Enabling frail older people with a communication difficulty to express their views: the use of Talking Mats™ as an interview tool. Health and Social care in the community 13(2), 95-107.

Nolan, Mike & Gordon, Grant & Nolan Janet. 1995. Busy doing nothing:activity and interaction levels amongst different populations of elderly patients. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 1995, 22, 528-538.

The Swedish National Institute of Public Health. 2007. Healthy Ageing – a challenge for Europe. Husqvarna, Typoform AB. http://www.healthyageing.nu/upload/Rome/Healthy_web.pdf External link

Sanches Yassada, Monica, Memory training and memory beliefs, doctoral thesis
http://tede.ibict.br/tde_busca/arquivo.php?codArquivo=139 External link

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 10 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 33 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 20 hours
  • Project work and productions - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 20 hours
  • - 0 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 40 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 93 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and presentations
  • Reports and productions

Assessment requirements

approved presentation in seminar 24.5.2011 and report. See also above: additional information.


  • Gustafs Christel
  • Kokko Anne
  • Sundell Solveig


Gustafs Christel

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2010-05-24 - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2010-05-31 - Reports and productions

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