Institute for Ageing

Online Courses

Ageing Well: Falls

Explore why people fall, discover practical methods to reduce the risk of falling and recognise when to seek expert help.

About the course

Every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall down. The personal costs are staggering, with falls resulting in injury, broken bones, fear of falling and social isolation.

People fall because of a complex mix of factors. To reduce falling, it is important to identify these factors, and recognise those that could signify serious, but treatable, underlying medical problems.

This interactive course will enable you to:

  • Learn more about why falls are just so important
  • Discover ways of assessing and reducing the risk of falling
  • Recognise when to seek help
  • Explore how to prevent falls and injury

During the course, we will meet people who have been affected by falls through a series of video case studies, and discuss together the important issues they raise, which we hope will be informative, practical and enlightening.

We will draw on the knowledge and experience of world leading experts at Newcastle University through our Meet the Experts series. This includes work with the award winning Falls and Syncope Service (FASS) at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary - the largest unit of its kind in Europe, recognised internationally for its innovative work in the field of falls and blackouts.

You can find out more about this course in Professor Julia Newton’s blog post: “Falls are not a normal part of ageing.”

A free online course.  Join now, starts 5 September 2016.

The Musculoskeletal System: the Science of Staying Active into Old Age

Demystify the ageing process and how our everyday behaviours and choices are likely to affect our long-term musculoskeletal health.

About the course

With the wealth of seemingly contradictory information in the media about healthy living, sport and ageing, this free online course will demystify the ageing process and show you how our everyday behaviours and choices affect our long-term musculoskeletal health.

Over three weeks, we’ll answer three key questions:

  1. What is musculoskeletal health?
  2. How can exercise benefit the musculoskeletal system?
  3. How can diet benefit the musculoskeletal system?

The course has been developed by the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing, a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle.

A free online course.  Join now, starts 3 October 2016.

Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well

A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and diffuse difficult situations.

About the course

If you are a carer for a person living with dementia then this is a course for you.

When it comes to understanding and supporting a person living with dementia, family carers are very often the most skilled and knowledgeable. Yet, you will know that carers can face a number of really stressful situations that can be difficult to deal with.

Get advice on connecting with and caring for someone with dementia

This course will provide you with knowledge and advice that can help you connect with and care for someone living with dementia. We will focus on everyday experiences that are seen as particularly challenging and stressful.

Newcastle University has great expertise in ageing and dementia research. We specialise in understanding dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), so this course will shine a light on some of the stressful symptoms and communication problems associated with this condition, as well as covering the challenges of other types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.

A free online course.  Register interest