Active and Healthy Aging


Learning outcomes of the curricular unit

Understand the global trends in population ageing and its implications for social protection policies, in particular for the health sector; acknowledge

Analyze the implications of inequalities and inequities in health care for active and healthy aging considering the social determinants in health;

Discuss the current Government measures regarding the guarantee of quality of life of the elderly population in Portugal in critical perspective and purposeful from case studies;

Analyze and develop projects, activities or actions regarding active and healthful aging.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Luiz Telles de Almeida


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 24

Teaching language



Requirements for frequency

No requirements 



Freitas, E.V. & Py, L. (Eds). Tratado de Geriatria e Gerontologia. Guanabara Koogan: Rio de Janeiro. 3ª Ed.2011, 1.750 p.

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013). World Population Ageing 2013. ST/ESA/SER.A/348. Disponível em:

Ferreira, Pedro L. e tal. Avaliação multidimensional em idosos Coimbra : Mar da Palavra, 2006. 191 p.

Rodrigues, Teresa R; Martins, Maria RO (Coords). Envelhecimento e Saúde:prioridades políticas num Portugal em Mudança. Lisboa:Hidrográfico

Teaching method

Teaching methodologies (including evaluation)

Lectures in participatory system;

Seminars (critical analysis and discussion of problem situations);

E-learning activities;

Presentation and discussion of the Group''''s work.


Individual e-learning activities (20%);

Class participation, attendance (20%);

Written work (60%).

Evaluation method

Available soon

Subject matter


Population ageing - trends of demographic transition in the world and in Portugal;

Epidemiological transition and population ageing;

Active and healthy ageing: concepts and controversies;

The elderly population in the international agenda;

Autonomy and independence in the elderly – how to evaluate?

Fragility and the geriatric syndromes;

Social determinants in health and its implications for active and healthy ageing;

Health promotion and ageing;

Institutional strategies for care for the elderly;

Formal and informal care for elderly dependents: implications for the act of care;

The elderly in society: violence and stereotypes;

Work, participation, citizenship and health: the challenge for the elderly population;

Bioethics and end-of-life care;

Innovative practices in the care of older people and self-management of your health.