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Physical therapy Health among older people I 7.5 Credits

Sjukgymnastik äldres hälsa I
Second cycle, S7010H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2015 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 19 Feb 2010

Last revised
by 12 Feb 2015

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements

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The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should, from a scientific foundation, based on current laws and regulations and with an ethical attitude, be able to:
  1. Explain and discuss effects of aging on function, activity, participation and health
  2. Describe common and important diseases and conditions during aging and evaluate function limitations that can arise in connection with these
  3. Relate to the concept frailty
  4. Relate to the concept of aging in place
  5. Suggest and discuss preventive strategies to counteract disease, injuries and diseases during aging

  • The consequences of aging and common diseases for older individuals' conditions with a holistic - (biopsychosocial) perspective
  • The complexity of interacting health problems and physical disabilities.
  • The concept frailty
  • The concept of aging in place
  • Preventive strategies for disease, injuries and diseases during aging
  • International classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF) as a starting point for the description of function and physical disability
  • Common assessment instruments

The course has its educational basis in a knowledge-building working method. This working method is characterised by the student actively searching and solving problems through an examining and critically reflective working method. The course is coordinated by students with health science education, with a specialisation in the subject.  The learning in the course takes place through literature studies, partly from individual searching, solving of study assignments, seminars, lectures and report writing.

  • Objectives 1-4 are examined through an individual written assignment based on the study questions (Test 0001, 4.5 credits)
  • Objective 5 is examined through an individual written assignment based on self-chosen subject-specific specialisation. (Test 0002, 3.0 credits).
Criteria for pass and pass with distinction are stated in study guide

Study supervision is found in Fronter two weeks before the start of the course.  New students at LTU will find all the information needed at Current students can find info about the start of the course via the timetable on the student web or via the course room in Fronter.

Lars Nyberg

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Dehlin, O. & Hagberg, B. (2000). Gerontology: Åldrandet i ett biologiskt, psykologiskt och socialt perspektiv. Natur & Kultur
Dehlin, O. & Rundgren, Å (2007) Geriatrik. Lund, Studentlitteratur.

A list of articles will be provided at the beginning of the course.
In consultation with the examiner literature for individual subject-specific specialisation is searched for and selected

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0001Assignment report4.5U G VG
0002Assignment report3.0U G VG

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.