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Ageing and Vitality


Disclaimer: due to the coronavirus pandemic, this course description might be subject to changes.

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 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:

9 Thursday evenings 18.00 – 21.00 in semester 2 (February - May 2022)

Session 1
10 February: 18.00 – 21.00 Introduction of the course
Interactive lecture and working group: What is health? What is vitality? by Dr. Yvonne Drewes, prof.dr. Jacobijn Gussekloo and Mara Jongeneelen MSc

Session 2
17 February: 18.00 – 18.45 Interactive lecture:
Demography of ageing by Prof.dr. David van Bodegom
19.00 – 21.00 Working group:
Interview with older people about ageing and vitality by Dr. Yvonne Drewes

Session 3
24 February: 18.00 – 19.00 Interactive lecture:
Integrated care, innovation organization by Dr. Nick Guldemond
19.15 – 21.00 Working group:
What is the challenge? by Mara Jongeneelen MSc / dr. Yvonne Drewes

Session 4
10 March: 18.00 – 18.45 Interactive lecture:
Patient centeredness in theory and practice by Dr. Tony Poot
19.00 – 21.00 Working group: Present your challenge by Mara Jongeneelen MSc/dr. Yvonne Drewes

Session 5
17 March: 18.00 – 21.00 Working group:
Ageing suits by Mara Jongeneelen MSc

Session 6
24 March:18.00 – 19.00 Working group:
Discuss progress in analysis (2 teams) by Mara Jongeneelen MSc / dr. Yvonne Drewes
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 Mara Jongeneelen MSc / dr. Yvonne Drewes

Session 7
31 March: 19.00 – 21.00 Working group:
Cocreation with older people by Dr. Yvonne Drewe

Session 8
7 April: 18.00 – 21.00 Working group:
Making a video (2) by John O’Sullivan

Session 9
21 April: 18.00 – 21.00 Final session:
Presenting videos to older people and staff (JG)

Final assignment
6 May: Send in final paper

On LUMC campus

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.

Registration process:

Submitting an application for this course is possible from Monday 1 November 2021 up to and including Thursday 11 November 2021 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,