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Health, Ageing and Society


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Admission requirements:

This course is an (extracurricular) Honours Class: an elective course within the Honours College programme. Third year students who don’t participate in the Honours College, have the opportunity to apply for a Bachelor Honours Class. Students will be selected based on i.a. their motivation and average grade.


The organisation of our ageing society needs innovation. Given the increasing incidence of chronic diseases across the world, it has become essential to deal with complexity and to search for more effective strategies to prevent and manage diseases and their consequences. Innovations will be needed in all types of elderly care and elderly support to improve vitality of older people.

In this class, you will learn how the Dutch health care system deals with the challenges of an ageing society, by offering integrated care and developing innovations in care. Main points of interest will be how to develop innovations for our ageing society and how to involve older people in this development.

During the course you will follow lectures about vitality, demography and the healthcare system, and you will follow working groups in which you will learn to analyse a problem and to design a care innovation, in cocreation with older individuals.

At the end of the course, each student has designed an innovation that contributes to the vitality of older people. The student will present this innovation in a creative video pitch and will substantiate the evidence for this innovation in a written report. This class asks for a hands-on mentality.

Course objectives:

The student is able to:

  • explain the current demographic trends in life expectancy and the consequences for the organisation of healthcare;

  • to systematically analyse opportunities and challenges in healthcare settings and design innovations on the basis of this analysis;

  • critically establish the value and applicability of innovations, taking the perspectives of older people into account;

  • write and present coherently and convincingly, while applying modern presentation principles.

Programme and timetable:
The sessions of this class will take palce from 18.00 - 21.00 on the following Thursdays:

Session 1: 1 February 2024
18.00 - 18.45 Introduction of the course
by Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu
19.00 - 19.45 Interactive lecture: Demography of ageing
by Prof.dr. David van Bodegom
20.00 – 21.00 Interactive lecture: What is health? What is vitality?
Anne Centeno Neelen MSc

Session 2: 8 February 2024
19.00 - 21.00 Working group: interview with older people about vitality and ageing
Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu

Session 3: 13 February 2024 (Tuesday) room J1-117
18.00 – 18.45 Working group: Dutch healthcare system
by Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu
19.00 – 21.00 Working group: What is the challenge?
by Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu

Session 4: 29 February 2024
18.00 - 19.00 Interactive lecture: Integrated care, innovation organization
by Dr. Nick Guldemond
19.15 - 21.00 Working group: Present your challenge
by Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu

Session 5: 7 March 2024
18.00 - 21.00 Working group: Ageing suits
by Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu

Session 6: 14 March 2024 (18.00 - 21.00)
18.00 – 19.00 Working group: Discuss progress in analysis (2 teams)
by Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu
19.00 – 20.00 Working group: Making a video (1)
by John O’Sullivan
20.00 – 21.00 Working group: Discuss progress in analysis (2 teams)
by Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu

Session 7: 21 March 2024
19.00 - 21.00 Working group: Cocreation with older people
by Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu

Session 8: 4 April 2024
18.00 - 21.00 Working group: Making a video (2)
by John O’Sullivan

Session 9: 18 April 2024
18.00 - 21.00 Final session: Presenting videos to older people and staff
by John O’Sullivan, Dr. Yvonne Drewes and Liselotte Mahieu

Deadline submitting final paper: 25 April 2024

On LUMC campus, room J-116 and J1-117

Reading list:

Will be available on Brightspace.

Course load and teaching method:

This course is worth 5 EC, which means the total course load equals 140 hours.

Lectures and working groups: 27 hours (9x3 hours); (attendance is mandatory);
Reading the literature to prepare lectures: 27 hours (9x3 hours);
Written report (based on format): 46 hours;
Making a video: 40 hours.

Assessment methods:

  • 20% Active participation during the seminars and other activities;

  • 50% Written report;

  • 30% Video pitch.

Students can only pass this course after successful completion of all partial exams.

The assessment methods will be further explained in the first session of the class.

Brightspace and uSis:

Brightspace will be used in this course. Upon admission students will be enrolled in Brightspace by the teaching administration.

Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for the Bachelor Honours Classes. Your registration will be done centrally.

Application process:

Submitting an application for this course is possible from Monday 30 October up to and including Sunday 19 November 2023 23:59 through the link on the Honours Academy student website.

Note: students don’t have to register for the Bachelor Honours Classes in uSis. The registration is done centrally before the start of the class.

Contact: Y.M. Drewes, LUMC, dept. Internal medicine, section gerontology and geriatrics,