The purpose of this topic is to explore mental health or well-being in later years by reviewing the current understanding and varying points of view (i.e., theoretical perspectives) regarding the more common psychogeriatric conditions. The topic pays particular attention to the concept of 'normative' behaviour during later life, how 'aberrant' behaviours are interpreted, aspects of subjective well-being and psycho-social influences on mental well-being. An interactive learning experience based on case studies will enable students to focus on an in-depth examination of, inter alia, depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairments. Non-pharmacological treatment approaches and the role of significant others and past experiences will also be explored.
This topic aims to promote understanding of mental health and ageing. Causal factors contributing to the onset of mental disorders and maintenance or return to mental health will be explored from a range of multidisciplinary perspectives.