Aging Pscichology

Base Knowledge

Not applicable.

Teaching Methodologies

The programmatic contents are presented, analyzed and developed in sessions focusing on the development of analysis activities and critical reflection on issues related to the Psychology of Aging. The exhibition, questions for reflection, work and group dynamics, as well as analysis and display of short texts are some of the strategies adopted.The evaluation follows the rules of procedure of ESEC. The students choose one of the following ways: evaluation during the semester or exam.The evaluation during the semester includes:- Individual-test (60% of the final grade);- Oral and written presentation of a working group (30% of the final grade);- Carrying out tasks proposed in class (10% of the final grade).The exam consists of a written test on all syllabus summarized.

Learning Results

The Psychology of Aging curricular unit seeks that the students taking a degree in Social Gerontology

know the steps and processes of psychological development in advanced adulthood. Thus, it is intended that the students achieve the following objectives:

1. Know the psychological processes of normal aging on cognitive and psychosocial domains;

2. Understand the impact in the lives of the elderly, the changes at the level of psychological functioning;

3. Be able to use and apply in future professional practice the knowledge regarding the psychosocial processes of aging as well as intervention strategies learned.


I – Introduction1. Purpose and objectives of Developmental Psychology understood from the perspective of the Life Span.2. The ecological approach to human development..3. Introductory concepts related to the development in adulthood.II – Development in Old Age1. Features and aging processes of the cognitive and psychosocial domains.2. Changes and / or stability of psychological functions.III – Successful Aging1. Models of aging and successful aging.2. Intervention strategies.IV – Issues related to aging (optional subjects)1. Myths and Misconceptions about Aging.2. Representations and Experiences of Menopause.3. The Wisdom.4. Positive Psychology and Aging.5. Dealing with …a. The Retirement.b. The Chronic Disease(s) in Advanced Adulthood. c. Death and Dying Process.d. The Loss and Grief.

Grading Methods

Frequency Assessment
  • - individual test - 60.0%
  • - group work - 30.0%
  • - class work - 10.0%
Exam Evaluation
  • - test - 100.0%




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