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.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Albury-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

Grading System



One session


School 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.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GER402 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Health and wellness in later life
Exploring age-related changes
Health promotion plan

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.