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Gerontology

Overview

The Master’s degree

"The Master’s is a totally new experience. The approach and the different specialist lecturers’ knowledge of various fields of gerontology make learning and tackling new topics much easier."

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Teaching quality

"The Master’s is a totally new experience. The approach and the different specialist lecturers’ knowledge of various fields of gerontology make learning and tackling new topics much easier."

Amaia Arregui, Psychologist. Master's Degree in Gerontology 2017.

Why Study Gerontology? 

The ageing population is a global phenomenon. Various international bodies have predicted that this trend will increase in the coming decades, especially affecting developed countries. It has been estimated that in 2050 around 37% of the population in our society will be 64 or over. (INE, (Spanish statistics institute) 2012).

In this context, strictly assistential care models, in which persons are merely recipients of programmes and services, are insufficient. On the contrary, it is particularly necessary to adopt new working models with elderly people to give them a leading role in the management of their own lives,contributing to the improvement of their health and quality of life and actively promoting their participation and welfare.

The European Year of Active Ageing and intergenerational Solidarity (2012) highlighted that active ageing is healthy ageing. This idea centres on maintaining the greatest possible levels of personal autonomy and enjoying a full meaningfult life as an active member of the community. If possible, this should be achieved in the framework of a society “for all ages ” in which opportunities for personal development, lifelong learning and meaningful encounters with other people, regardless of age, become everyday activities.

For these reason, it is necessary to have well qualified professionals, with sound knowledge of the changes linked to ageing and the possible intervention strategies in each case. This calls for communication and people skills and the sensitivity to appreciate how diverse the elderly are. It means openness to work not only “for ” the elderly but – basically-“ with ” them, demonstrating a positive attitude and unlimited confidence in their possibilities.

The Master’s degree in Gerontology is a excellent educational opportunity, focusing on helping future and current professionals in the field of Gerontology to obtain a new, positive approach to the elderly. It looks to equip them with the necessary professional resources to enhance their autonomy and welfare, compensate for possible health limitations and promote a participative lifestyle that contributes to making possible what all of us want, “good ageing”.

Overview

The Master’s degree

"The Master’s is a totally new experience. The approach and the different specialist lecturers’ knowledge of various fields of gerontology make learning and tackling new topics much easier."

Logo de la Universidad de Deusto

Teaching quality

"The Master’s is a totally new experience. The approach and the different specialist lecturers’ knowledge of various fields of gerontology make learning and tackling new topics much easier."

Amaia Arregui, Psychologist. Master's Degree in Gerontology 2017.

Why Study Gerontology? 

The ageing population is a global phenomenon. Various international bodies have predicted that this trend will increase in the coming decades, especially affecting developed countries. It has been estimated that in 2050 around 37% of the population in our society will be 64 or over. (INE, (Spanish statistics institute) 2012).

In this context, strictly assistential care models, in which persons are merely recipients of programmes and services, are insufficient. On the contrary, it is particularly necessary to adopt new working models with elderly people to give them a leading role in the management of their own lives,contributing to the improvement of their health and quality of life and actively promoting their participation and welfare.

The European Year of Active Ageing and intergenerational Solidarity (2012) highlighted that active ageing is healthy ageing. This idea centres on maintaining the greatest possible levels of personal autonomy and enjoying a full meaningfult life as an active member of the community. If possible, this should be achieved in the framework of a society “for all ages ” in which opportunities for personal development, lifelong learning and meaningful encounters with other people, regardless of age, become everyday activities.

For these reason, it is necessary to have well qualified professionals, with sound knowledge of the changes linked to ageing and the possible intervention strategies in each case. This calls for communication and people skills and the sensitivity to appreciate how diverse the elderly are. It means openness to work not only “for ” the elderly but – basically-“ with ” them, demonstrating a positive attitude and unlimited confidence in their possibilities.

The Master’s degree in Gerontology is a excellent educational opportunity, focusing on helping future and current professionals in the field of Gerontology to obtain a new, positive approach to the elderly. It looks to equip them with the necessary professional resources to enhance their autonomy and welfare, compensate for possible health limitations and promote a participative lifestyle that contributes to making possible what all of us want, “good ageing”.