The aim of the part-time Specialist Diploma in Gerontology (Nutrition for Ageing Well) is to provide existing staff and those new to the industry with practical knowledge in gerontology and nutrition, to support older adults. Participants will be exposed to a broad range of knowledge and skills in a variety of functional areas, to help them link learning across different domains. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to gain industry insights and skills to better support active ageing, in the healthcare, social services, food and nutrition industries.
Upon graduating from the course, graduates should be able to:
a) assess trends and societal factors relating to the management of an ageing population
b) support in general and nutritional screening and assessment for older adults
c) support individuals/organisations in meal planning for older adults in prevention and management of health conditions
At least a Polytechnic Diploma, or ITE Technical Diploma/Technical Engineer Diploma/Work-Learn Technical Diploma.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.
|1||Perspectives on Ageing
This module will provide a multidimensional understanding of the physical, psychological and social changes associated with ageing and how the interplay of these domains influence the quality of life of older adults. Special focus will be given to chronic illnesses and the mental health of older adults, with emphasis on dementia and depression. The importance of public health and health promotion strategies will be discussed.
|2||Programme Planning for Health Promotion with Older Adults
This module will provide participants with the knowledge and skills on planning, development, implementation and evaluation of meaningful activities and programmes that are aimed at promoting healthy and active ageing. Participants will learn to identify suitable activities for clients with varying functional levels across different settings. Case studies will be used to assist participants to apply their learning.
|3||Public Health & Older Adults
This subject will introduce the key areas of study under public health, with a focus on current and emerging global health challenges impacting older populations across developed and developing countries. Topics will examine patterns, causes and effects of health and diseases in older populations, analyse the efficiency of healthcare services and delivery, and understand the interconnectedness of health of the developed and developing world.
|1||Nutritional Requirements for Older Adults
This subject focuses on the fundamentals of nutrition and healthy ageing, the insights of the physiological changes in aging. It covers information about nutritional requirements to maintain optimal ageing and prevention of chronic diseases. Planning meals and evaluating dietary intakes based on nutrition principles, guidelines and standards are included. Students will learn and translate nutrition knowledge into personalised meal planning skills for older adults.
|2||Nutrition Screening & Assessment for Older Adults
This subject covers different nutritional screening and assessment tools available specifically to identify malnourished elderly. Early detection of high nutritional risk elderly is essential as early intervention can be implemented and the nutritional changes can be closely monitored. With the course, students will have the opportunity to learn various digital technology that can be leveraged to improve the elderly's nutrition.
|3||Personalised Therapeutic Diets for Older Adults
This subject focuses on the dietary principles relevant to medical nutrition therapy (MNT) of diet-related diseases in the geriatric population. It covers the basic knowledge of the pathophysiology of some diet-related diseases. Students learn to integrate and apply the knowledge of food and nutrition sciences to personalised meal plans in managing different diet-related disorders in older adults.
Modes of Assessment
Coursework with no examinations. Assessments may consist of a range of components, such as tests, quizzes, assignments, participation, peer evaluation and other appropriate methods.
|Intake Info||Application Period||Course Duration|
19 April 2021
02 November 2020 - 25 January 2021
8.30am – 6.00pm (Mon – Fri)
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Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
East Wing Block 1A,
Level 3, Unit 81
21 Tampines Ave 1
Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.