An Information Evening for a new course in Mary Immaculate College MA in Education and Wellbeing of the Older Person was held to introduce the MA.
Information Evening for new Mary Immaculate College MA in Education and Well Being of the Older Person
There is much talk in the media of late about 60 being the new 40, with life expectancy increasing and people living longer, healthier lives. In Ireland today average life expectancy is 82 years. As a consequence older people will now have greater opportunities to actively participate in and to contribute to their communities and society through learning and education, paid and voluntary work.
To address this challenge, there was the introduction of Mary Immaculate College MA in Education and Well Being of the Older Person (Level 9) in 2015. The programme, which addresses Ageing Society and Sociology of Ageing, Psychology of Ageing and Active Ageing, as well as Leadership and Advocacy, has gone from strength to strength and is currently accepting applications for the September intake.
Current student Charlotte Strachan says of the programme; “The Mary Immaculate College MA in Education and Wellbeing of the Older Person is a practical programme that is applicable to any career area. It will enhance your own understanding of the challenges faced by the older adult in addition to assisting you in your personal life. A wonderful opportunity not to be missed.”
Applications are sought from older persons themselves, those working with older people, informal and formal carers. Health and Social Care Practitioners and persons working in the formal and adult education sector will also be interested in the programmes. On 9th of May (6pm-8pm), there will be an Information Evening for interested applicants which will include a sample lecture.
According to Liz Early, programme Co-ordinator; “As we come to the end of the third year of the programme we can see its relevance to our society today. Participants have ranged in age from 25 to 60 years old. The topics covered and research into issues relating to older people are equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills to make a positive difference in their places of work and to their communities.”
She goes on to say that as our population ages it is imperative that we keep older people central to developments in our society. Keeping people engaged, active and healthy as they age will add life to years as well as years to life.
Elements of the Mary Immaculate College MA in Education and Well being of the Older Person are offered using a blended learning approach. Educational principles and methodologies will foster reflective practice, use experiential learning methods, provide learner support and create an environment conducive to intellectual growth, learning, professional and personal development. Successful participants will be well placed to seek opportunities to work with and for older persons from an education and well being perspective, opening up new and exciting challenges for all involved.
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