Singapore University of Social Sciences


Eldercare (SWK358)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Eldercare is a course that will cover the various aspects of ageing and experiences of older persons that may be of concern. Prime importance will be given to health-related issues and caregiving responsibilities and resources. The ageing process and its consequences as well as the accompanying psycho-social implications will be covered to prepare the student to manage eldercare competently when confronted with them.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Our Nation’s Elders: The facts
  • Biologic Ageing: Theories and Longevity
  • Changes in the Body with Age
  • Physical and Mental illnesses
  • Caregiving
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Ageing in Place
  • Dying, Death and Grief
  • Eldercare Services

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse the ageing process and the related theories.
  • Explain the challenges of elder caregiving.
  • Discuss the physical, psychological and social needs of the elderly.
  • Appraise and criticise the policies around elder care and elder needs.
  • Apply the values, knowledge and skills needed in working with the elderly.
  • Plan and develop services to meet elderly need
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