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Healthy and Happy Ageing

Healthcare innovation over the last few decades has been at a high rate. More and more people are reaching old age. People strive to live a long and healthy life and want to stay active, even in their later years. This is also expected of them. Patients and professional caregivers are increasingly becoming partners in care, meaning that they jointly discuss the needs of the elderly person, focusing mainly on well-being. In the coming years there will also be more focus on prevention and wellness. Technology, e-health and home automation are becoming increasingly important in enabling people to stay at home and independent for as long as possible.

In this minor the focus is on professional knowledge and skills of Healthy and Happy Ageing, needed for future-proof care and well-being for the elderly. Concepts that will be covered include different groups of elderly, healthy ageing, prevention, communication, interdisciplinary work, and applied research.


First cycle - Bachelor's level

Qualifications that signify completion of the first cycle (e.g. Bachelor's degrees) are awarded to students who:

  • have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that builds upon their general secondary education, and which is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge at the forefront of their field of study;
  • can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their work or vocation and who have competences typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems within their field of study;
  • have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) to inform judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues;
  • can communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • have developed those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.

The first cycle (e.g. Bachelor's degrees) of the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area refers to Level 6 of the European Union's European Qualifications Framework.

After the completion of this minor, international students of Care and Social Work can:

- act as discussion partners with the elderly and as professionals operating in the domain of Healthy Ageing;

- play an active role in the application of knowledge of Healthy Ageing for the purpose of resolving questions and problems for the target group as such or for professionals working for or with the target group.

Aanvullende informatie

Costs of the minor depends if you have an OV-card. Most of our field trips are free except public transport.

When the minor cannot start because of low registration I will let you know in time.


Students are welcome when they are in their third year of Nursing or Social Work education. English language: CEFR level B2.


Digital portfolio and Assessment takes place at level 3 of Miller’s pyramid, a level of assessing behaviour, described as: “Shows/practices competent behaviour (integration of knowledge, skills and attitude) in a realistic but recognisable situation (routine, role playing, practical simulation, projects)”. (2 assessments for 30 EC’s)


All learning resources are on ELO.


On Tuesday and Thursday lessons are planned, Monday, Wednesday and Friday are mend for assignments individually or in collaboration.