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 identify the differences between age related mind and body changes in healthy ageing from those associated with illness;
  • be able to apply a biopsychosocial perspective to physical, pyschological and cognitive age-related changes; and,
  • be able to apply knowledge of age related cognitive changes to develop an educational / health promotion strategy.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The body as a biological and social entity
  • Health, wellbeing and illness in later life
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Health promotion with older adults


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.