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Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer than previous generations. This is often seen as a problem. But is it? This free course, Introducing ageing, will help you to think about this issue by introducing you to some key ideas in studying later life.Learn more ❯Introducing ageing
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Population ageing: a global health crisis?
This free course, Population ageing: a global health crisis?, focuses on two major issues of our time – ageing societies and global health. It provides you with an introduction to ageing societies and their implications for global health – implications which are only just beginning to be fully understood. The course will help you to deepen your understanding of ageing societies across the globe and the different components of the concept of global health. You will also explore the ways in which population ageing is often framed as a crisis and begin to develop your own ideas about the implications of population ageing.Learn more ❯Population ageing: a global health crisis?
Moving into a care home can have a profound emotional impact on an individual just the anticipation of residential care is one of the biggest sources of fear for the elderly. This free course, Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care, discusses the role of social workers and care staff in supporting individuals through the transition, and how residential environments affect quality of life.Learn more ❯Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care
Take it further with The Open University
In the fast-changing world of today’s care sector, professionals at all levels need to be proactive and flexible in order to succeed. This degree in health and social care provides a sound and critical understanding of policy, theory and practice, and will help you to develop as an independent and reflective learner. By the end of the degree course you’ll be able to evaluate your own and others’ roles in the context of policy developments; evaluate emerging strategic solutions; and recognise and value diversity and difference. You’ll understand how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors influence the provision and development of services; and gain the essential critical and analytical skills needed to engage in the development of evidence-based practice. You will also examine the context and processes of change in yourself, in groups and in services, including new ways of working across agencies and professional boundaries.Learn more ❯BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care
We all depend on care services at some time in our lives, whether at home, in hospitals, clinics or GP surgeries, or in community and residential settings. This key introductory OU level 1 module provides an authoritative overview of health and social care, with real-life case studies taking you deep into the experience of receiving care and working in care services. It has also been written for those new to university study and will help you develop the learning skills needed for degree study. Whether you're involved in care work (paid or unpaid), use services yourself, or simply have a general interest, this module will build knowledge and understanding, develop skills, and prepare you for further study.Learn more ❯An introduction to health and social care
Global health and ageing societies are enduring social issues in our increasingly interdependent world. Using carefully selected case studies from across the world, wherever you live, this online module will deepen your understanding of the relationship between ageing societies and global health. You will learn about the opportunities and challenges ageing societies bring at individual, societal and global levels, particularly around health, healthcare, and health and social care. Whether you are in paid or unpaid work, or studying for personal or career development, this module will help you develop transferable skills that will be invaluable in many different roles.Learn more ❯Ageing societies and global health