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Vitality and Ageing


Admission Requirements

This course is an (extracurricular) Honours Class: an honours elective in the Honours College programme. There are limited spots available for second-year and third-year non honours students. Admission will be based on motivation.


The organisation of our ageing society needs innovation. To understand the reasons and need for change, students will acquire a thorough understanding of the demographic aspects of ageing. The concepts of life expectancy and healthy life expectancy will be discussed. We will focus on risk and resilience factors that determine vitality. 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. In this course, students gain a basic understanding of limitations which are common in ageing individuals. Students will learn how the Dutch health care system deals with these challenges, by offering integrated care and develop innovations in care. These innovations will be needed in all types of elderly care and elderly support to improve vitality of older people. Inspired by site-visits and examples, the student will learn how to develop such innovation. Main points of interest will be how organisations deal with changes and how to involve older people in innovations. At the end of the course, each student has designed an innovation that contribute to the vitality of older people. The student will present this innovation in a video pitch and will substantiate the evidence for this innovation in a written report.

Course Objectives

The student is able to:

  • explain the concepts of biological age and vitality

  • 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


Lectures on Thursday evenings 18.00 – 21.00hrs

  1. 31 January 2019
  2. 7 February 2019
  3. 14 February 2019
  4. 21 February 2019
  5. 7 March 2019
  6. 14 March 2019
  7. 21 March 2019
  8. 28 March 2019
  9. 4 April 2019


Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)

31 January 2019 J1-116 route 554
7 February 2019J1-116 route 554
14 February 2019 J1-116 route 554
21 February 2019 J1-116 route 554
7 March 2019 J1-116 route 554
14 March 2019 J1-116 route 554
21 March 2019 J1-116 route 554
28 March 2019 J1-116 route 554
4 April 2019 CZ-4_route-762


31 January IL 18.00 – 18.45 Introduction by dr. mr. Y.M. Drewes/ Prof. dr. J. Gussekloo WG 19.00 – 21.00 What is vitality by dr. L. van Delden

7 February WG 18.00 – 21.00 Ageing suits by working group teacher

14 February IL 18.00 – 19.15 Demographic trends by dr. R.A.A. Vonk WG 19.30 – 21.00 What is the challenge? by dr. mr. Y.M. Drewes/ working group teacher

21 February IL 18.00 – 19.15 Introduction Dutch Health care system and innovations by prof.dr. M. Bussemaker WG 19.30 – 21.00 Present your challenge by students, dr. mr. Y.M. Drewes/ working group teacher

7 March IL 18.00 – 19.15 Integrated care, innovation organization by dr. N.A. Guldemond WG 19.30 – 21.00 Design a logic model by dr. S. van Dijk

14 March IL 18.00 – 19.15 Patient centeredness by dr. A.J. Poot WG 19.30 – 21.00 Making a video (1) by J. O’Sullivan

21 March WG 18.00 – 21.00 Design an innovation by M. Klitsie

28 March WG 18.00 – 19.15 Making a video (2) by J. O’Sullivan WG 19.30 – 21.00 Cocreation with Ouderenberaad by dr. mr. Y.M. Drewes/ working group teacher

4 April WG 18.00 – 21.00 Video Pitch by students and staff

*IL=interactive lecture,
WG-working group

Course Load

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

  • Lectures and workinggroups: 27 hours (9x3 hours)

  • Reading the literature to prepare lectures: 27 hours (9x3 hours)

  • Written report (based on format): 46 hours

  • Making a video: 40 hours

Assessment Method

  • 20% Active participation during the interactive lectures and working groups

  • 50% Written report (1500 words)

  • 30% Video pitch

Students must pass all components to complete the course.
Please note: Attendance is mandatory.

Deadline written report: Thursday 11 April 2019 23.59 hr

Blackboard and uSis

Blackboard will be used in this course. Students can register for the Blackboard site two weeks prior to the start of the course.

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

Reading List

Will be available on Blackboard.


Enrolling in this course is possible from Tuesday November 6th until Thursday November 15th 23.59 hrs through the Honours Academy, via this link. It is not necessary to register in uSis.

Contact Y.M. Drewes