At present we are experiencing an unprecedented seniorpopulation growth, which means that older people and related ageing issues are more prominent than ever. More than half of all elderly people, who have ever lived, are alive today. Thanks to recent, successful advances in medical research concerning treatment of cumulative damage sustained by the ageing body, death has been banished to old age.
Thus, the ageing process can be (partially) avoided and extended if sufficient energy is invested into maintenance and repair. We can anticipate ongoing improvements in the length and quality of our lives and expect a future with more years lived in good health. This has major consequences for persons, organisations and societies.
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Care for the elderly differs from that of children and adults, as it often involves the treatment of multiple, concurrent diseases. Therefore, the elderly require a different, integral treatment strategy. This essential new way of thinking and operating is not sufficiently incorpoorated in current academic and clinical practice yet. This master aims to address this gap.
Consequences of getting older
Despite best efforts, for older persons life often ends with a period of poor health and disabilities. Care for the elderly differs from that of children and adults, as it often involves the treatment of multiple, concurrent diseases (multi-morbidity) which leads to under- and over-treatment. Above all, not only purely biomedical aspects need to be considered but other influencing factors such as vitality and social networks. Healthcare organisations and governmental organisations face the challenges of our aging society.
For pioneers of tomorrow
Applications will be accepted from young students who realise that the question of ageing is a great and important societal challenge. Students have various backgrounds, to inspire multidisciplinary thinking and working. Students come from various countries, as the problems are common to all societies. Students are looking to deepen their knowledge of ageing, improve their basic scientific and academic skills and develop themselves to powerful professionals. Upon successful completion of the master’s degree, they will be able to shape the future of the ageing society.
Reasons to choose Vitality and Ageing at Leiden University:
- Group of international students
- Intensive supervision and personal development
- Multidisciplinary programme
- Theoretical and practical
- Excellent national and international teachers
- LUMC: ‘ageing and vitality’ is prominent theme in research and education
The master’s programme focuses on biological aspects of the ageing process (gerontology), and medical aspects of the care for elderly people (geriatrics). The organisation and management of the health care process, and society is also closely examined. These different perspectives are an excellent preparation for various follow-up steps, including:
- further education in science (leading to a PhD degree)
- further medical education (geriatrics, internal medicine, general practice)
- management position in care organisations or governmental organisations
How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission
For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships
A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.