DIPLOMA IN GERONTOLOGY
This course is open to those with the following qualifications:
1.Any diploma or degree holder interested in this field of study.
2.‘A’ Level or K.A.C.E and its equivalent
3.At least a C Grade at K.C.S.E or Division 3 at K.C.E or its equivalent
4.Holders of Division 4 or Grade D+ with five years experience and holders of a certificate in related fields from recognized institutions will only be considered after passing an entry examination.
5.Applicants from non-commonwealth countries will have their qualifications appraised to Kenyan equivalent.
SOC/DGR 010:Social and Cultural Context of Ageing (Core)
Introduction to social gerontology. Ageing of populations and societies. The social environment and ageing. Older persons in past and contemporary societies. The sub-culture of ageing: stereotypes, norms and constraints. Urban versus Rural ageing. Age stratification and conflicts. Socialization and social roles. Ageing and role transitions. Comparisons of ageing in different societies. Gender and Ageism.
SOC/DGR 011:Family Relations and Ageing (Core)
Introduction to the concept of family. Theories of the family. Family in past and contemporary society. The family life cycle; parents, adolescents and adult children. Old age and the family: Grand motherhood and fatherhood. Ageing in different family systems. Older persons in marital context: never married, married, divorced, widowed, remarried. Older persons and family roles: social, economic, psychological and cultural. Older persons: social status, family tensions and conflicts. Rural versus urban family relations. Ageing in the context of social change in Africa.
SOC/DGR 012:Population and the Ageing (Core)
Conceptual models of ageing populations. Global and national patterns of ageing. The role of older persons and their support within changing family structures in developed and developing countries. Demographic features of ageing: mortality, fecundity and migration. Ageing among men and women in developing and developed nations. Economic and social implications of population of ageing. Critic on policies of ageing. Future world trends in ageing.
SOC/DGR 013:The Physiology of Ageing (core)
Defining Physiology and related terms. Physiological alterations with age. Heart rate and blood pressure, respiratory efficiency of older persons. Joints, flexibility, muscular and cardiovascular endurance training for older persons. Benefits of exercise for older adults.
SOC/DGR 014:Socio-economic Issues in Ageing
Introduction to principles of economics. Employment structures and older persons. Demographic structure and transition, life expectancy and death rates, retirement: savings and retirement behaviour. Insurance issues: concept of pension and income security. Economic activities: production in agriculture, rural and urban informal activities. Economics of health. Social welfare. Spending, leisure resources. International comparisons of older persons incomes.
SOC/DGR 015:Health and The Ageing Process
Concept of health and wholeness. Theories of health. Health and illness. Society and medicine, Diseases affecting older persons: chronic illness, endemic diseases. Symptoms and symptom experiences, Physical and mental health among older persons. Health behaviour, culture and society, health habits and lifestyles. Family and health care for older persons. Life expectancy and mortality rates. Preventive health behaviour. Pain management: physiotherapy, psychotherapy and drug therapy.