An Ageing Society: Burden or Blessing?

Ref: C2339957

While the problematic aspects of population ageing are commonly stressed, many older individuals and the communities they live in have benefited greatly from it. Using students' personal experience, insights from social science, and empirical data, we will consider and critique how public policy, commercial services, and public attitudes are responding to population ageing. We will consider what international perspectives and innovative models have to offer older people and wider society. We will explore some practical things we can do to help ourselves and others experience later life in positive ways.

Course aim

This course will enable students to take an active, informed, and positive stance on the challenges and opportunities presented by their own and others' ageing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the main reasons for the increase in life expectancy in the UK and other "developed" societies during the last century.
  • Explain in what ways and why the experience of growing older differs greatly in developed societies
  • Distinguish and comment on the different perspectives of public discourse, social policy and empirical evidence on population ageing in the UK
  • Appreciate how these perspectives contribute to understanding, policy, and practice concerning one important issue affecting older people such, as loneliness or dementia
  • Take a more active, informed and positive approach to my own or others' ageing if I need to

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will prepare a short group presentation on a topic related to ageing in society

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will receive constructive feedback on your presentation about ageing in society

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • The course will form a useful basis for many different types of voluntary or paid work with older people

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An Ageing Society: Burden or Blessing?

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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