1 x 10-hour independent study weekly
1 x 2-hour on-line exercises weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
7 x 1-hour on-line tutorials per semester
1 Admission into BHA-Bachelor of Healthy Ageing
2 AGES1001 - Foundation Skills in Ageing Studies
3 Admission into other Bachelor degrees
3a Admission into BLITTHL-Bachelor of Letters (Health)
3b Admission into BLITTHLG-Bachelor of Letters (Health) (Graduate Entry)
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or ((3 or 3a or 3b)))
Assignment(s); Tutorial participation.
Topic description
Enabling environments are important for healthy ageing across the life course. There has been increasing attention on how the physical and built environment, as well as the social environment, can promote a healthy lifestyle for ageing adults. How the person manages the opportunities and constraints of their environmental conditions is of interest in urban planning through to care environments. This topic examines the principles underpinning the creation of age friendly communities and enabling environments in the home and health care settings, as well as the contribution of the person-environment fit to well-being, autonomy and preservation of self and identity. A focus of the topic will be to explore the environments in which older people live their lives and experience the world. Students will examine ways to assess different types of environments.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to examine the evidence-base and current consensus in relation to enabling environments for older people to flourish so that students can identify and facilitate environmental support for healthy ageing and well-being.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be expected to be able to:

  • Differentiate between the built, the physical and the social environment.

  • Examine the ways in which older people manage the opportunities and constraints of their environmental conditions.

  • Critically analyse the research literature relevant to enabling environments for people with dementia in community and care settings.

  • Apply the principles of liveable, age-friendly communities to sustain independent living and promote healthy ageing.

  • Assess different types of environments for their ability to provide a safe, familiar place to engage in activities of everyday life.

  • Integrate environmental assessment information and research evidence to develop options for improving care environments.