Welfare Benefits: Living Well with Illness: Older People

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU305
  • Start date
  • Duration15 weeks
  • Days on campus0
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 9 20
  • Fees Fees: TBC. Overseas Fees: TBC.
  • Study mode Stand-alone modules


The population is getting older. Changing demography and increasing longevity suggest that older people will continue to be among the chief recipients of health service provision – over two thirds of acute general NHS hospital beds are occupied by people aged 65 years or older (NMC, 2009).

Combined with comorbidities, or co-existing conditions, the provision of care, support and advice for older people requires greater understanding of the complexity of health and social care needs that older people can present with.

This module aims to enable professionals and practitioners to develop a broad knowledge base and to enhance skills and advice in caring and supporting older people living with illness.

  • Understand key issues in relation to ageing and older people.
  • Understand how values interact with professional practice.
  • Understand health implications of ageing for older people.
  • Critically evaluate factors affecting health and social care for older people.
  • Evaluate national policy initiatives.
  • Demonstrate awareness of welfare, rights and entitlement.

The module is structured into four parts:

  • Part 1: Key Issues: Ageing and Older People;
  • Part 2: Policy for Older People;
  • Part 3: Health and Wellbeing;
  • Part 4: Welfare, Rights and Entitlements.

  • One essay (50%)
  • One report/case study exercise (50%)

Dr Marie Gallagher