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Lifespan Development In a Mixed Economy of Care

My Distance Learning College


This course on life-span development is designed to help you explore the issues related to the development of the life-span. Among the topics you will explore are:

  • Why people are living longer
  • The impact of longer life-span on health and care services
  • The influences on health at different stages in the life span
  • How we can use the life-span model outlined in this course to plan for the future.

The concept of life-span development is one that owes its origins to demography and epidemiology. Life-span trends and changes have an impact on the planning and delivery of health and social services. It is now recognized that individuals at different stages in the life-span will exhibit different needs.

These needs are not due simply to the aging process and disease patterns but also to the social and environmental influences at different stages. They are also influenced by what is perceived as rational and reasonable behavior at particular points in the life-span.

For example, skiing may be thought to involve acceptable levels of risk for young people and those in middle age. However it is not thought to be rational or reasonable for an eighty-year-old to start learning to ski.

Topics include:

  • What is life-span development?
  • Health careers and major influences in the life-span
  • Psychology at different stages of the life-span
  • The effects of changes in lifespan on social and healthcare provision
  • Using and applying the life-span model


    Lifespan Development In a Mixed Economy of Care Diploma

    Lifespan Development In a Mixed Economy of Care Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.


    After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

  • course quick facts
    course code DED9295
    cost $448.00
    estimated time to
    complete course
    100 Hours
    course materials
    365 Days