DIPLOMA IN GERONTOLOGY
SOC/DGR 026:Sexuality and Ageing
Nature of ageing and gender. Ageing and sexuality: socialization and re-socialization processes, norms and etiquette in the life course. Sexuality, femininity and masculinity. Sexual orientation. Sexuality and marriage. Sexual dysfunctions and problems: Issues of senility and menopause in older persons. Issues of HIV/AIDS. Sexuality and marital quality among older married couples: issues of marital stability and instability.
SOC/DGR 030:Nutrition and the Ageing Process (Core)
Nutrition and ageing process. Nutrition-related health problems of older persons: arthritis, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, cataracts, senility, nutritional deficiencies and mental confusion, organic dementia. Nutritional requirements as influenced by the phenomenology of ageing: dietary intakes- calorie, protein, mineral and vitamin requirements. Planning meals and nutrition programmes for older persons. Assessment of nutritional status and dietary intake.
SOC/DGR/031:Ageing and Poverty (Core)
Definition and types of poverty. Cultural basis of poverty. Gender and poverty in Africa. Older persons as victims of poverty. Effects of poverty on older persons. Rural and urban poverty. Public policies and programmes on poverty and their relevance for older persons. Participation of older persons in the assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of poverty.
SOC/DGR 032 Policy, Legislation and Ageing (Core)
International conventions on ageing. The role of the older persons in policy formulation. Review of rights and privileges of older persons. The social security policy and the retirement legislations. Comparative analysis of policy and legislations concerning older persons and ageing in developed and developing countries: Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Case study of the Republic of Kenya constitutions as it affects older persons and the ageing.
SOC/DGR 033:Creativity and Ageing
Concept of creativity. Performing and creative arts among older persons, artistic activities for older persons. Levels of participation in creative art: composer, performer, listener. Groups activities. Aesthetics and perception of art. Appreciation of art expressions. Recall spontaneity in expressions: proverbs, sayings, poetry, song, dance, narrative. Music making by older persons, music related activities of older persons: male, female and mixed. Age specific roles of artists: drama, music and narration. Types of songs and dances. The place of music in the life of older persons. Material art: carvings, weaving, painting and drawing. Creativity and social cohesion.
SOC/DGR 034 Ageing and Disability
Definition of disabilities; Types and levels of disabilities. Female and male disabilities and dependency in old age. Old age and disability in/out of the family. Ageing and disabilities in rural and urban areas. Institutionalisation and disability in old age. Treatment and rehabilitation. Ageing, mental and physical disabilities in developing countries. Cultural context of disability in old age.
SOC/DGR 035:Cultural diversity and Ageing
Meaning of cultural diversity. Theories of ethnicity. Ageing in different ethnic/racial contexts. Ageing sub-cultures. Different interpretations of ageing. Interactions with older persons in different groupings. Ageing and ethnic conflict management. Issues in ageing among minority groups.
SOC/DGR 036:Communication and Older Persons
Definitions. Overview of theories of human communication. The communication process. Elements and models of communication. The importance of communication for the older persons. Social and physical issues of communication and ageing. Use of verbal and non-verbal communication among older persons. Listening: active and reflective. Gender differences in language use by older persons. Intergenerational interactions. Inter-cultural and Intra-cultural communications. Communication and social identity among older persons. Linguistics diversity, cultural and communicative effectiveness. Barriers to communication involving older persons; physical, psychological, physiological and cultural. Principles of maximizing communication with older persons. Mass media and older persons.