Contact FutureLearn for Support Strategies for Successful Ageing - Online Course Skip main navigation
We use cookies to give you a better experience, if that’s ok you can close this message and carry on browsing. For more info read our cookies policy.
We use cookies to give you a better experience. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or read our cookies policy for more information.
Online course

Strategies for Successful Ageing

Find out how staying happy, healthy, socially-connected and active can help you age successfully, with this free online course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Strategies for Successful Ageing

?

Why join the course?

How do you feel about ageing? What choices are you making to stay happy, healthy, socially-connected and active as you age?

During this five-week course, distinguished academics and physicians at Trinity College Dublin will present world-leading research in successful ageing, which may challenge many of the assumptions you have about growing old.

Learn strategies and tips for healthy, active ageing

As a community of learners, we will discuss what you’re doing to maintain your health, increase your wellbeing, maintain friendships and navigate life’s challenges.

Together, we will discover the many opportunities for personal growth and community-building by exploring the skills, talents and dreams of older adults.

Each week, we will investigate strategies for successful ageing:

• Week 1 explores your perceptions and attitudes about ageing;

• Week 2 focusses on improving your happiness and wellbeing, by defining what quality of life means to you;

• Week 3 places a spotlight on health and presents tips for increasing physical fitness, improving nutrition, and maintaining brain health through the years;

• Week 4 celebrates opportunities for staying connected by investigating the expectations you have set for yourself and by sharing your personal strategies for staying involved;

• and Week 5 is all about creative ageing, in which we explore the talents and contributions of older adults and share your accomplishments with the world.

Choose your approach to successful ageing

The knowledge that you gain from this free online course will inspire you to choose activities and behaviours that improve your quality of life. Through this course, we hope you will think differently about ageing and recognise the many contributions that older adults make every day.

Download video: standard or HD

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 secondsHow do you feel about ageing? What choices are you making to stay happy, healthy, socially connected, and active as you age? Hello. I'm Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Director of Ageing Research at Trinity College Dublin and a physician at St. James's Hospital here in Ireland. Within the next 15 years, there will be approximately 1.4 billion people over the age of 60. Too often, we focus on the burdens of ageing rather than the enormous benefits and bounty that this demography will bring. Over the next five weeks, I will be joined by leading researchers here at Trinity who are investigating many aspects of ageing. They will share their findings with you. Many of them will challenge your assumption of growing old.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds For example, did you know that your perceptions of ageing influence your ageing process? Have you defined what successful ageing means for you? What is old age anyway? This free online course is for all adults who want strategies for managing their health, developing their skills, and staying involved in their communities. You will watch videos, read articles, take part in discussions, and share your experiences with a community of learners. Along with other participants, you will learn how to increase physical fitness, improve function, improve nutrition, nurture your relationships, and maintain brain health throughout the years. You will meet artists, volunteers, and inspirational achievers who are making a difference by following their dreams. The course highlights the diversity of ageing experiences.

Skip to 2 minutes and 23 seconds And by the end of this course, you should have tools and resources to better understand what successful ageing will mean for you.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Reflect on the concepts of ‘old’ and 'ageism'.
  • Understand how perceptions of ageing can influence ageing.
  • Apply strategies for positive mental health, physical health, social engagement, and creativity.
  • Perform a life audit.
  • Assess what 'quality of life' means.
  • Explore how to plan for older age through goal setting.
  • Discuss case studies of successful ageing initiatives.

Who is the course for?

This course is relevant for adults who wish to acquire strategies for successful ageing. No previous experience or qualifications are required.

Who will you learn with?

Rose Anne Kenny

Rose Anne Kenny is the Principal Investigator and founder of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) and Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. www.tilda.ie

Brian Lawlor

Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin; Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of the Memory Clinic at St. James's Hospital, Dublin.

Deirdre O'Connor

Postgraduate Research Assistant at TILDA, interested in dietary patterns & effects on health in ageing. Deirdre has a BSc in Nutritional Sciences and Masters of Public Health Nutrition. www.tilda.ie

Deirdre Robertson

Deirdre Robertson is a post-doctoral researcher based in in Columbia University in New York. She is interested in how psychology affects physical changes in the body, particularly in later life.

Denis Roche

Composer, artist and curator Consultant Artist in Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing, St.James Hospital, Dublin and Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.

Desmond (Des) O'Neill

Academic geriatrician with >500 publications, Prof O'Neill is also a writer/commentator in national media, has received national and international awards for advocacy & research, Twitter @Age_Matters

Eithne Sexton

Post-doc researcher based in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Working on modelling the consequences of stroke-related cognitive impairment as part of the StrokeCog study.

Fiona Newell

Professor in Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience. Fiona's research is based on investigating how the brain merges information from the different senses into a coherent perception of the world.

Maria O'Sullivan

Associate Professor in Nutrition & Principal Investigator at Trinity College Dublin. Interested in diet, lifestyle & inflammation in healthy ageing. Diet facts v fiction. http://people.tcd.ie/mosulli5

Mary Ni Lochlainn

I am a FY2 doctor in Kent, England. I completed my medical studies at Trinity College Dublin, qualifying in 2014. I am passionate about pursuing a clinical and research career in Geriatric Medicine.

Orna Donoghue

Project Manager on The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). Current research focuses on the factors influencing gait, mobility and falls in older adults.

Richard Layte

Richard Layte is Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin

Sabina Brennan

Educator: Strategies for Successful Ageing A psychologist and passionate public educator Twitter @Sabina_Brennan

Virpi Timonen

Professor in Social Policy and Ageing

Who developed the course?

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s highest ranked university. It promotes a diverse, interdisciplinary environment to nurture ground-breaking research, innovation, and creativity.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For £49 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.