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Working with Older People


This module will introduce students to the challenges and benefits of supporting older adults within the context of social care. Students will develop an awareness of the positive developments, risks and life changes associated with aging and how social care workers can respond to these changes. Students will gain awareness of the sociological, psychological and physical implications of aging and learn how to work with older  people in a variety of settings.

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts in supporting older people
2. Identify core skills for working with older adults in a range of care and community settings
3. Demonstrate an awareness of the bio-psycho-social changes that can occur in the aging process in the context of modern Irish society.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to take this module, however, some familiarity with the area as well as a level of independent study would be expected for success.



  • Consideration of the older person in the context of social care in Ireland
  • Aging: demographic trends, health care provision, societal perceptions of ageing
  • Integrating bio/psycho/social theories of ageing and care
  • Life-span issues including sexuality, loneliness, elder abuse, bereavement, dying, loss of independence and cognitive impairment
  • The concepts of health, health promotion and well-being in relation to ageing
  • Normal physiological and psychological changes associate with ageing
  • Introduction to approaches to therapeutic care and intervention in supporting the older person in a variety of settings



Assessment will be through a final exam.  Guidance and advice on completion of the examination is provided as part of the programme.


Certificate in Working with Older People (Single Subject Certificate, Level 6, 5 Credits)



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