About this Course
Population ageing is occurring in nearly every country around the world. This MOOC takes a multidisciplinary approach to explore the impact of living longer and takes into account the technological advancements, the built environment, economics and ethics to rethink what it means to 'age well' now and in the future. Rethinking Ageing is a uniquely designed course to give you a broad overview of the many complex issues involved as we as individuals get older and on the macro-level for population ageing. You may already have a particular interest in one discipline, such as mental health and ageing or age-friendly design. We encourage you, though, to use this course to explore the other perspectives on population ageing as the modules build on each other. View the MOOC promotional video here: http://tinyurl.com/j7lz8q8
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Approx. 16 hours to complete

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Beginner Level

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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

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4 hours to complete

Worldwide population ageing trends

The course begins with the big picture when it comes to global population ageing over the 21st century. Together we explore from both a social policy and demographer perspective what is actually happening to our current and projected lifespans. The video lectures start with Tara Sklar providing an overview for the course and the key staff involved. She is followed by Professor Simon Biggs and he presents the social, cultural and intergenerational issues to consider in population ageing. Dr Rebecca Kippen then takes us through a series of lectures where she highlights demography tools and reliable, free data sources for measuring population ageing. Both Professor Biggs and Dr Kippen are attempting to better understand the trends over the 21st century and make evidence-based predictions for the future. These lectures will form the foundation for topics to come in the later weeks as well as your first assessment, so please take the time to watch them and then participate in the related discussion board forums so we can hear from you and you can meet each other. Week one concludes with whether there are limits to future increases in life expectancy. Particularly, since some argue the current generation of children in western countries are the unhealthiest ever to live with their high rates of Type 2 Diabetes and inactivity. Will they live longer than the previous generation?...
Reading
7 videos (Total 59 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
1. Introduction to MOOC and key staff14m
2. Global population ageing6m
3. Measuring population ageing9m
4. Population ageing data sources, trends and patterns8m
5. Population ageing in 21st century14m
Master of Ageing - career pathways3m
Reading6 readings
Course outline10m
Your teaching team10m
Start of course survey10m
Reading and resources10m
Academic integrity10m
Graduate Online - The University of Melbourne10m

2

Section
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3 hours to complete

Lifelong participation

There are a myriad of ways people continue to participate in their later years. Week two dives into the physical and psychological changes that are more common in later life and how the gains in technology advancements enable people to be active, independent and socially connected to support lifelong participation. We move from the population perspective covered in week one and consider your individual health status and the factors that influence how you age, such as the type of work you do, your environment, current health conditions and daily activities. Associate Professor Louisa Remedios and Dr Debra Virtue from Physiotherapy, along with Dr Eleanor Curran from Psychiatry explore what typically happens to bodies and minds during the ageing process and practical strategies to help bodies and minds age well. Related to this – Professor Fernando Martin-Sanchez will discuss recent technology advancements that will enable people to be active, independent and socially connected in later life....
Reading
6 videos (Total 70 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
2. The typical ageing process and strategies to promote ageing well11m
3. Know your mind – normal changes and what can go wrong11m
4. Mental health and ageing: management strategies13m
5. Technology and ageing: Part 18m
6. Technology and ageing: Part 211m
Reading1 readings
Reading and resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mental health and ageing quiz (worth 10% of final grade)10m

3

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1 hour to complete

Planning and design for an ageing population

This week highlights the planning and design principles for an age-friendly environment for housing, retirement communities and health care settings. We showcase information technology software, such as mapping and data visualisation to identify population trends and make evidence-based projections. Associate Professor Clare Newton and Professor Alan Pert want you to ask 'What next? What if?' when it comes to the role of the built environment for the health and wellbeing of an ageing population. For example, to consider how the design of hospitals might change so that they are extended into communities and bring the hospital to the patient rather than the patient to the hospital. We also take an alternative approach with the traditional power point lectures in the fourth video, and have Professor Alan Pert interview architect Allen Kong about his work in designing for older residential communities. In the last two video presentations Dr Jack Barton from the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) shows you how to use freely available data sets to map data in order to address a number of issues that face an older population. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading
Video6 videos
2. The home9m
3. Health care settings11m
4. Older residential communities - Interview15m
5. Urbanisation and Ageing Populations in China (part 1 of 2)3m
6. Urbanisation and Ageing Populations in China (part 2 of 2)4m
Reading1 readings
Reading and resources10m

4

Section
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2 hours to complete

Economics of ageing

In this week, Professor Ian McDonald explores private and public support for older people with examples from Australia and other parts of the world. He covers the major sources of risk that make decision-making and planning for our later years difficult, including financial, longevity and health risks as well as suggests ways to manage these risks. Professor McDonald also focuses on the shortcomings in individual decision-making and increasing fiscal pressures on government. Economic planning for the future is complex, with significant uncertainty around productivity, employment, health, technology and pension projections. Irrespective of your age, we are all facing issues concerning how to optimally prepare for our longer lifespans....
Reading
4 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
2. The risky world in which we age15m
3. Behavioural challenges and ageing24m
4. The fiscal challenge of an ageing society15m
Reading1 readings
Reading and resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Economics of ageing quiz (worth 20% of final grade)20m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Ageing well

It is a common sentiment that we all want to live longer, but we don't want to get older...These seemingly conflicting thoughts reflect some of the ideas Associate Professor Briony Dow and Dr Dominique Martin will cover in Week 5. This week takes a thoughtful approach on the broad societal issues and ethical questions involved in what means to 'age well.' Briony begins the week with perceptions of ageing and how they are changing, especially as we continue to live longer. For example, is 60 the new 40? What do these changes in perception of ageing mean for intergenerational relationships and how we value older people? Dominique includes in her video lectures a series of folk tales from around the world that include strong imagery describing how we treat and value older people. She concludes with a common dilemma for older people in regards to deciding where to live and the ethical issues involved with that decision. The provocative questions raised by Briony and Dominique culminate in an overarching idea they would like you to consider, 'How ought we to live and act in order to age well and sustainably as individuals and together?'...
Reading
8 videos (Total 62 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
2. Age and ageism9m
3. Intergenerational family relationships9m
4. Introduction to Ethics of Ageing5m
5. Folk tales of ageing6m
6. What is the ethics of ageing?5m
7. Ageing well and the ethics of ageing6m
8. An ethical issue of ageing: Deciding where to live7m
Reading2 readings
Reading and resources10m
End of course survey10m
4.5

Top Reviews

By MRDec 17th 2017

Great course from a world class university. Covered lot of issues related with ageing, new way of thinking about being old. Recommended.

By PPSep 7th 2017

Excellent course on how to age and how to live longer.

Instructors

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Rob Moodie

Co-Chair Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative
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Simon Biggs

Professor of Gerontology & Social Policy
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Rebecca Kippen

Senior Research Fellow
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Louisa Remedios

Director of Teaching and Learning
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Debra Virtue

Lecturer
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Eleanor Curran

Consultant Psychiatrist
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Fernando Sanchez

Chair of Health Informatics
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Alan Pert

Director
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Clare Newton

Associate Professor
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Jack Barton

Urban Data and eResearch Facilitator
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Ian McDonald

Emeritus Professor
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Tara Sklar

MOOC Project Coordinator; Co-Director of Ageing Programs; Research Fellow in Health Law

About The University of Melbourne

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