GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds (8)


The body is a central focus both in the lived experience of those who are ageing and for the professionals who work with ageing bodies. In this subject a range of issues associated with living in an ageing body are explored. The concepts of health, wellbeing and ill-health are critically examined and mind and body changes associated with ageing in a healthy body and in illness are explored. Mental health in ageing is a particular focus of exploration and depression and dementia are critically examined from both bio-medical and social perspectives of health. Finally, theory and practice of health promotion and in particular, the promotion of mental health are examined.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GER402
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to critically analyse the concepts of health and illness as experienced in old age
- be able to identify and distinguish age related mind and body changes in healthy ageing from those associated with illness
- be able to critically analyse the biomedical and social models of health in relation to ageing
- be able to demonstrate an understanding about the experience of living with dementia or depression in later life
- be able to develop educational/health promotion strategies relevant to practice with older people who are depressed or with older people who have dementia


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The body as biological and social entity - Health and illness in later life - Dementia - Depression - Health promotion and older people


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.