Master in Gerontology and Geriatric Care

Mestrado em Gerontologia e Cuidado Geriátrico

Contacts

Admissions

E-mail: candidaturas@porto.ucp.pt

Phone: 800 105 632/3

 

Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Campus Porto
Rua Diogo Botelho, 1327
4169-005 Porto
Portugal

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Regime
Presencial com possibilidade de assistência à distância nas aulas teóricas.

Número de Vagas: 30

Grau de Ensino:
2º Ciclo

ECTS:
90

Horário:
Segundas, terças e quartas-feiras, das 16h-20h. Dois sábados por semestre das 9h-18h.

Program Description

The aging of the population is today a peculiar phenomenon unique in the history of the humanity: if, on one hand, the life expectancy as much at birth as at 65 and more years has never been so high, the rates of aging, illness and dependence of the elderly have never been so high.

Aging, naturally related to longevity, has been accompanied, on the whole, by deficits in self-care and by disabilities for the development of activities at different levels, aggravated by the most prevalent diseases at this stage of life.

In Portugal, the number of elderly people living in support structures or accompanied at home by different teams of caregivers is progressively increasing; but residents have on average about 80 years of age and multiple pathologies, and more and more people are dependent on self-care and have functional and cognitive deficits. These people need specialized help.

In this context, we present a study plan clearly oriented to the promotion of health and geriatric care, without neglecting ethical and legal issues, specific contextual research and the problems faced by families and support structures for assistance in this age group, hoping to contribute to the training of professionals with care responsibilities and management of these structures to promote the dignity and comfort of people assisted at this stage of their lives.

Objectives and Expected Results

The master's degree course in Gerontology and Geriatric Care aims:

  • Train health professionals with an integrating vision and transforming capacity, based on ethical and cultural values, for multiprofessional and interdisciplinary intervention with the elderly population, particularly in residential and social support structures.
  • To promote a culture of innovation and creativity in the promotion of aging with more health, by developing intervention and research projects with families, institutions and contexts that integrate older people.

At the end of the course the students will demonstrate:

  • In-depth knowledge about aging, health problems and biopsychosocial and cultural factors that affect the quality of life of older people.
  • Ability to transfer their knowledge to professional practice with older people and their families, integrating the reflection on ethical and legal implications in complex situations that require innovative and timely solutions.
  • Ability to work in multiprofessional and interdisciplinary teams, in the different contexts where older people live and relate.
  • Ability to communicate their underlying decisions, knowledge and reasoning, with peers, the scientific community, citizens and clients in particular.
  • Ability to collaborate in scientific research and integrate results into their daily practice;
  • Ability to research and autonomous learning.

Contacts

Admissions

E-mail: candidaturas@porto.ucp.pt

Phone: 800 105 632/3

 

Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Campus Porto
Rua Diogo Botelho, 1327
4169-005 Porto
Portugal