Population ageing – challenges and needs


Health Care Sciences

Holder of subject:

Dr Angela Kydd, Assistant Professor

Education providers:

  • Dr Angela Kydd, Assistant Professor
  • Dr Iva Holmerova, Associate Professor

Contact hours - lectures:


Contact hours - seminar:


Contact hours - exercises:


Individual student work:




Level of study:

Third cycle study program Health Care Sciences





Subject specific competences:


The student:

  • Critical thinking related to key challenges of ageing in the society
  • To identify opportunities and challenges to achieving change related to demographic ageing within their own practice
  • Identify and conceptualise an area of current practice / policy that is need of improvement. 
  • Demonstrate competency in designing and implementing a research and/or development project (seminar work).

Mandatory  and recommended references:






Mandatory references:

  • World Health Organization, 2015. World report on ageing and health. Geneva: WHO Press. Available at:
  • UNFPA & HelpAge International, 2012. Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge. New York: United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) and London:  HelpAge International. Available at:
  • Ekdahl, A.W. et al., 2015. Frailty and comprehensive geriatric assessment organized as CGA-ward or CGA-consult for older adult patients in the acute care setting: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Geriatric Medicine, 6(6), pp.523–540. Available at:
  • Holmerova, I., Ferreira, M. & Wija, M., 2012. Productive ageing – Conditions and opportunities. Prague: International Longevity Centre Czech Republic, Centre for expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University.
  • Alzheimer Europe, 2014. Ethical dilemmas faced by health and social care professionals providing dementia care in care homes and hospital settings. Luxembourg.
  • European Quality Framework for long-term care services.
  • World Health Organization, 2012. Dementia: a public health priority. Copenhagen: World Health Organization. Available at:
  • ALCOVE, 2015. ALCOVE Synthesis Report 2013. ALCOVE.
  • The British Geriatrics Society, 2014. Fit for Frailty: Consensus best practice guidance for the care of older people living with frailty in community and outpatient settings.
  • Alzheimer Europe, 2014. Ethical Dilemmas Faced by Carers and People with Dementia.
  • Rodrigues, R., Huber, M. & Lamura, G., eds., 2012. Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care. Vienna: European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research. 
  • Holmerová, I., et al., 2013. Guidebook on Active Ageing, Faculty of Humanities Charles University Prague.
  • WHO, 2012. Strategy and action plan for healthy ageing in Europe, 2012-2020. Copenhagen:World Health Organization.
  • OECD/European Commission, 2013. A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-term Care. OECD Health Policy Studies, OECD Publishing. Available at:
  • Hlebec, V., ed., 2009. Starejši ljudje v družbi sprememb. Maribor: Aristej. 
  • Ramovš, J., ed., 2013. Staranje v Sloveniji. Ljubljana: Inštitut Antona Trstenjaka.
  • Hlebec, V., Nagode, M. & Filipovič Hrast, M., 2014. Kakovost socialne oskrbe na domu: vrednotenje, podatki, priporočila. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede, Založba FDV. 
  • Imperl, F., 2012. Kakovost oskrbe starejših – izziv za prihodnost. Logatec: Firis Imperl & co. D.n.o., Seniorprojekt d.o.o.
  • Pečjak, V., 2007. Psihologija staranja. Samozaložba.

Conditions for the inclusion in the study:

Completed study obligation from the 1st study year, which are conditional for enrollment in the 2nd study year.

Assessment methods:

  • poster - 20%
  • research project or seminar work - 80%

Teaching methods:

Lectures, seminar, group work, audiovisual aids, videos, online classroom, other forms of study.