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    The paper emphasises rehabilitation and management of conditions that cause impairment and activity limitation in older adults such as falls and cognitive impairment.

    The paper also deals with the broad context of rehabilitation of older adults including a range of common conditions and multiple co-morbidities; and the context of ageing in New Zealand.

    About this paper

    Paper title Rehabilitation for the Older Adult
    Subject Rehabilitation
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGDipRehab, PGCertRehab, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty

    Suitable for people who hold a degree or diploma from a New Zealand university or are in an appropriate profession approved by the academic board.

    If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

    Teaching staff
    Professor Mark Weatherall
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    Regular interaction with classmates and paper tutors via Zoom videoconferencing and the online learning platform, Moodle. Additional on-line events to support whakawhanaunatunga (establishing relationships), and skills development, within the broader Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit learning community.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    After successful completion of this paper students will demonstrate understanding of:

    • The nature of ageing in the individual human being and the implications for function
    • The changing age structure of the New Zealand population and its implications
    • The types and causes of disability affecting older people in New Zealand
    • The principles underlying management of older people with ill health and disability
    • The key medical conditions, excluding stroke, contributing to disability in older people and principles of management
    • An approach to falls in older people
    • The principles of iatrogenic disease and disability and its prevention
    • The principles underlying the use of drugs in older people
    • The management of urinary incontinence, constipation, pressure areas, sleep and depression
    • The principles of rehabilitation in older people, issues for caregivers, institutional and home care, and service provision for older people and driving


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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