This distance mode elective gives students the opportunity to develop a theoretical understanding of anatomy and physiology relevant to the provision of physiotherapy services to older patients. Older people experience a range of age and disease related changes that must be considered by healthcare professionals. Underpinning professional practice is an understanding of key concepts in aged care such as the relationship between ageing and disease, the effects of ageing on reserve capacity, the fact that maintenance of function is frequently more important than the elimination of disease, the significance of the 'geriatric giants', and the importance of multi morbidity and polypharmacy. Having addressed these topics, the unit will focus on pain in older people, continence/incontinence, implications of dementia and delirium for the provision of health care and care providers, preoperative and palliative care, principles of geriatric rehabilitation and masters athletes. Students will obtain fundamental knowledge of these topics through notes, recorded lectures and online structured learning activities. Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to 'real-life' scenarios using case studies that support each topic.
mcq online assessment after each topic (10% for successful completion), mid semester examination worth 30%, end of semester examination (60%) (mcq and short answer questions)