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 better...in 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!
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.
Don't fear it! This lesso will tell you how...
There are many questions and myths surrounding old age. This will help clear some of those up.
Loneliness can be a very real issue in old age. Watch this lesson and learn how it can be combated.
Depression is not immediately obvious and is more common than you might think.
Bored? Know someone who is? This lesson might have some answers...
Eating well is so important. Small changes can make a great deal of difference to how you feel.
You can age well or age badly. The choice is up to you. This lecture looks and how to do the former!
The last lecture in this course looks to the future.
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.