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330132 VO Introduction inSocial, Nutritional and Nursing Basics of Ageing (2021S)

EC Altern und Lebensqualität




Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 04.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 11.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 12.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 19.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Introduction to nutrition in the elderly
After passing this course successfully, students will be able to understand the relationships between lifestyle and health, especially at a later age, and to understand a healthy diet as a life-long salutogenetic concept. They recognize the dangers of malnutrition (for example, in terms of cachexia and sarcopenia) in the elderly as well as the possibilities of preventing such conditions.
Introduction to nutrition in the elderly
Definition, statistics, and theories of ageing
Impact of nutrition on ageing processes
Physiological changes in the metabolism of the ageing body and their impact on nutritional requirements
General recommendations in the elderly
Current situation in Austria (Österreichischer Ernährungsbericht)
Lectures on the topics listed above
Power point presentations
Journal articles and reviews on current topics after prior announcement

Sociology of Ageing – Introduction
After attending this course, students will be able to understand the life-stage of old age and ageing as a life-long process from a sociological point of view. Our shared and collective images of ageing influence how old age can be experienced, interpreted and constructed. To reflect on these relationships, we need a sociological perspective on age and ageing, which understands age not (only) as biological, but also socially constructed.
Introduction to the sociology of ageing
Biological, psychological and sociological understandings of age and ageing
Images of ageing in modern societies
Economics of ageing and critical gerontology
Lectures on the topics listed above
Power point presentations
Journal articles and reviews on current topics after prior announcement

Assessment and permitted materials

Final written exam, 60 min (single choice) requiring personal attendance.
According to the Regulations in the University gazette of the University of Vienna “Academic year 2020/2021 number 118”, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result is required in order to participate in an exam requiring personal attendance. Evidence is accepted that is recognized by the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection by ministerial order for close contact services at the time of the exam (4th COVID-19 Safeguard Regulations applied as amended).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

at least 60% of maximum points to pass the exam
Valuation key:
1–very good (100,00-90,00%)
2–good (89,99-80,00%)
3–satisfactory (79,99-70,00%)
4–adequate (69,99-60,00%)
5–insufficient (59,99-0,00%)

Examination topics

Lectures on the topics listed above, power point presentations, disscussion of pertinent literature

*** Corona Update ***
Relevant to the exam are: The content of the online lectures conducted via Collaborate sessions (mp4-files are available in Moodle); corresponding presentations available as pdf-files in the „Downloads“ folder.

Reading list

Text books
Judith E. Brown, Nutrition through the life cycle, Verlag Wadsworth, 6. Internationale Auflage, 2016, ISBN-No. 9781305886889
Simon Langley-Evans, Nutrition, Health and Disease: A Lifespan Approach, Verlag Wiley-Blackwell, 2. Auflage, 2015, ISBN-No. 9781118907092
Providing Healthy and Safe Foods As We Age, Institute of Medicine (US) Food Forum, Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0-309-1588
Backes, G. M., & Clemens, W. (Eds.). (2013). Zukunft der Soziologie des Alter (n) s (Vol. 8). Springer-Verlag.
Bengtson, V. L., Coleman, P. G., & Kirkwood, T. B. (2005). The Cambridge handbook of age and ageing. Cambridge University Press.
Bengtson, V. L., & Settersten Jr, R. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of theories of aging. Springer Publishing Company.
Hermann Brandenburg, Helen Güther (Hrsg.) (2015): Lehrbuch Gerontologische Pflege. Hogrefe, Bern.
Gertrud Backes, Wolfgang Clemens (2013): Lebensphase Alter. Eine Einführung in die sozialwissenschaftliche Alternsforschung. 4. Auflage. Beltz Juventa Verlag, Weinheim Basel.
Fachgesellschaft Palliative Geriatrie (FGPG) (2018): Grundsatzpapier „Palliative Geriatrie“. Wien, Berlin, Zürich. https://www.fgpg.eu/grundsatzpapier-zur-palliativen-geriatrie/
Tom Kitwood (2008): Demenz: Der person–zentrierte Ansatz im Umgang mit verwirrten Menschen. Herausgegeben von Christian Müller-Hergl. Huber, Bern.

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