Singapore University of Social Sciences

Selected Topics in Gerontology (GER523)


The module focuses on the community-based approach towards long term care of older people. Care/case management in community based settings is provided by allied health professionals such as social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists in developing and developed countries. The systemic and ecological perspective is applied in the examination of a successful model of community-based eldercare services. Concepts and models related to case management with older adults and their families will be discussed in the course. Challenges in working with clients who have attempted suicide, or have been victims of abuse, or live alone and require daily assistance will be addressed. The advantages of community-based gerontological practice and factors necessary for it to succeed will be analysed.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Defining community-based gerontological practice
  • Challenges of working in community-based eldercare setting
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Essentials and models of Case Management
  • Innovative projects
  • Dilemmas of the Case Manager
  • Success indicators in community gerontological practice
  • Understanding and applying the core skills of Case Management
  • Ethical issues
  • Special settings; victims of elder abuse, suicidal persons, lonely and dependent older frail populations

Learning Outcome

  • discuss the major concepts and models of community-based gerontological practice
  • analyse the factors that explain the status quo in the local context
  • examine the issues and challenges facing professionals working in the community
  • apply case management skills as they relate to older persons and their families
  • appraise the ethical challenges that face professionals in their practice
  • Prepare and lead a multidisciplinary team in case discussion about an older client
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