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Vitality and healthy ageing


Our views regarding ageing are often associated with infirmity, morbidity and the disease. Whilst ageing may indeed result in a progressive functional loss, it has now become abundantly clear that the human ageing process is a highly malleable. Indeed average life expectancy has almost doubled in the previous century which suggest a considerable influence from a broad range of environmental and lifestyle factors. Consequently, both from an individual, as well as, a societal perspective, it is highly desirable to apply the latest scientific insights and interventions to extend particularly healthy life expectancy, vitality and well being in old age. In this segment of the course we want to examine these insights and debate their merits. This will require reviewing a combination of insights from physiology as well as psychology, including data from lifestyle and diet related studies associated with vitality.

Bachelor degree

Learning objectives

  • The student is able to conceptualize and define vitality based on critically assessing lectures and literature.

  • The student knows mechanisms of vitality and is able to integrate this logically in his/her own developed mechanistic processes.

  • The student can logically extract and develop models of vitality by critically assessing literature and lectures.

  • The student is able to give a short presentation that exposes own ideas.

  • The student is able to discuss and work together conductively in a group.

  • The student is able to logically expose his/her own ideas in discussion groups and on paper.

Intervention proposal to fundraiser (see for more details blackboard/course booklet)

Dr. L. van Delden
Dr. J. Lindenberg
Dr. J. Huijg

Registration for places available

Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing
Rijnsburgerweg 10
Tel: 071-5240960

Master programme
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