Psychology of Ageing
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accreditation: ACCPH
A distance learning
professional development course for anyone who helps,
treats or cares for the elderly, or anyone with an interest in the
subject of ageing or in a related profession.
recommended period of study:
1 to 3
months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£295.00 (295 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
A FREE textbook will be included for students from the UK. Students
outside the UK will need to pay extra for the textbook and postage.
UK students can deduct £25 discount if they buy the
KINDLE version of the textbook.
Method of study:
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and self-reflection. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
As the mature and elderly sections of the
population increase, and our lifespans get
longer, more and more attention is being devoted
to the topic of ageing and how it affects
people’s needs and abilities. In psychology
alone, the number of studies has burgeoned over
recent years, and these studies are informed by
Helping professionals, health professionals, counsellors, carers and
helpers, social workers, complementary therapists, informed senior
citizens and their relatives, legal and other professionals and key
decision-makers need a comprehensive understanding of how ageing can
affect the brain and the intellect, memory, language, personality and
lifestyle, and existing mental health conditions. Issues such as
“ageism”, awareness of death and the use of technology by the elderly
are also receiving more attention.
This course, using a tertiary-level textbook,
is suited for persons with some previous study of counselling,
psychology, social work or other relevant disciplines and for the
educated general reader.
It begins with how ageing is defined and
coverage of brain and cognitive changes,
implications for different types of
language recognition and the role of
attitudes to ageing and cross-cultural
changes in lifestyle,
ageing and marriage,
mental health and dementia, and
death, dying and bereavement.
Work required for this course
There are eight mini-essay assignments,
requiring short summaries and interpretations of what you learn from the
text, plus a final essay on an aspect of ageing. There will be a choice
of essay topics to suit people of different backgrounds and levels of
Successful graduates will receive the
Diploma in Psychology of Ageing awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
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practising counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and elsewhere.
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