Coping with Old Age
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Coping with Old Age

Hopefully we will all arrive at old age - here's how to enjoy it!
4.5 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
865 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2017
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 1. Look forward far more positively to growing old.
  • 2. Pass on the tips and ideas, thoughts and stories to elderly relatives and friends - or just remember them for yourself!
  • 3. Talk about growing old without feeling it is a taboo subject
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  • 1. This is a course about coping with old age. The person delivering the course is in his 80s. It is possible you will find elements of the course depressing - and some other areas, uplifting. Just be prepared for that.
  • 2. The ability to follow links given on the internet and - just in case the link is no longer operational - not to give up but perhaps still find the original article
  • 3. Time. This is very important. These are not lectures just to rush through. They are desifned to make you think and to feel some empathy and then to pass on the ideas to others who are elderly
  • 4. Ideally to have a pen and paper handy to jot down key points, links to follow up and anything else you wish to remember.

This is a rich, varied course narrated by Peter Thomas who at the time of the recordings, had spent nearly six decades in the acting industry. He brings to the course a gravitas that is a mixture of research, personal anecdotes, humour and every so often a whiff of sadness.

This is a course about some of the problems that old age brings - and what can be done, what Peter has done, to deal with them.

There is something in this (free) course for everyone - and the elderly relatives of everyone! Even if you are not in the UK, 99% of the course will still apply to you. We all have our own ways of getting through life but as we age our ability to fight the ravages of time, the boredom, the ill health, diminish.

This course will enable you to cope with old age that little bit fact, quite a lot better!

If you like film and theatre you will be amused and interested by the anecdotes. If not then there is still a lot in this course for you - especially as you are continually advised, encouraged even, to contribute to the forum.

Let's share ideas!

Note: this course is the end product of a period of co-operation between Peter Thomas and myself. A joint effort from two old codgers!

Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone. We either die young or we grow old and then die. We aim to be in the latter group - this lecture series is about coping with old age.
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
11 Lectures 01:41:21

Introduction to the course.

You will be introducted to the symptoms of ageing and their causes. 


In this lecture you will learn the steps that will help you or someone you love cope with ageing.

Lecture 2: How to cope with ageing – the steps

Don't fear it! This lesso will tell you how...

Lecture 3: Fear of growing old

There are many questions and myths surrounding old age. This will help clear some of those up.

Lecture 4: Questions, Myths and answers

Loneliness can be a very real issue in old age. Watch this lesson and learn how it can be combated.

Lecture 5: Loneliness

Depression is not immediately obvious and is more common than you might think.

Lecture 6: Depression

Bored? Know someone who is? This lesson might have some answers...

Lecture 7: Boredom

Lecture 8: Health concerns

Eating well is so important. Small changes can make a great deal of difference to how you feel.

Lecture 9: Eating well

You can age well or age badly. The choice is up to you. This lecture looks and how to do the former!

Lecture 10 : Coping with being old

The last lecture in this course looks to the future.

Lecture 11: Looking ahead
About the Instructor
Chris Bankes Sivewright
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Experienced teacher, prolific author and course provider.

Chris has been teaching Business Studies and Economics since 1978.

Since then he has taught hundreds of students on an individual tutorial basis as well as visited over 100 schools to give revision seminars. He has also taught in a comprehensive, a grammar school, a private university, as well as at graduate and post-graduate level in Oxford, UK.

Chris has authored over 100 books which are sold through Amazon as well as three independent publishers. In the 1990s Chris produced 30 Business Studies and Economics cassette tapes. Several were recordings of his lectures at the University of Oxford.

Chris has – and is still - run several businesses including Oxford School of Learning, a tutorial college, Oxford Conferences and OSL Training.

In 2012 Chris started Almost Random Theatre, in Oxford. Since then he has helped deliver workshops in Scotland, Wales, Czech Republic and Poland as well as 15 schools in England. Chris has written/directed over 50 short and 3 one-Act plays that have subsequently been performed in London and Oxford. Scripts for three of his plays have been sold, via an Independent publisher, to schools in the UK. He has also had plays put on - and performed in - Oxford and Brighton Fringes, London and Wales.

Chris has several teaching diplomas as well as a Business and Economics degree plus professional business qualifications. Chris has examined for four major examining boards, at ‘O’ and ‘A’ level.

Until recently Chris was Head of Business and Economics at a major school in High Wycombe. 

As well as teaching, Chris is an Ambassador for a Heart charity, a board member for Stroke Club UK and the Stroke Lead, Research Panel Member and a Media Contact for the Stroke Association.