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This course is offered through the Centre for Open Learning and is featured here, as it may be of interest to Summer School participants. It is also open to all and the same rules apply as Summer School regarding reduced fees.

Course dates: 4–8 February 2014

Coordinated by Kate Brown

The University of Cape Town Summer School programme presents an exciting opportunity for people, both young and old to learn more about an important and under-appreciated subject – the personal, societal and economic effects of living longer.

This multi-disciplinary course allows participants to learn from a range of experts on topics related to ageing and longevity. Centenarians are obviously doing something right, so what can we learn from them?

Kate Brown, Sarah Harper of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and occupational therapists Rae Labuschagne and Sylvia Birkhead complete the line-up of what promises to be a thought provoking, valuable and interesting course for both individuals and policy makers. Participants in this course can expect to learn and interact with these experts on a range of topics including what contributes towards longevity and how people make, or could make, informed decisions that may enhance their quality of life. The course will consist of four sessions and an optional excursion to the Irma Stern Museum.

1. Ageing and extreme ageing (Prof Sarah Harper, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing)
2. Health, wealth and attitude related to ageing in the context of integrated financial planning (Kate Brown)
3. Old People are adults too (Prof Sarah Harper, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing)

Interactive sessions
In this two-hour session participants will explore how active creativity can be harnessed to enhance the life experience of people who grow old, including conditions associated with ageing.

Session facilitators: Sylvia Birkhead (occupational therapist) & Rae Labuschagne (gerontologist and occupational therapist)

Participants are invited to bring an elderly relative or friend who may suffer from dementia or similar, and their regular carer, to the Saturday morning excursion. This excursion, to the University’s Irma Stern Museum, will explore the possibilities of creative activity for ageing people and their carers. The excursion is limited to 20 course participants.

Full: R375

Staff: R186

Reduced: R94


  • Lectures and interactive session Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 February

    Time: 5.30 pm Kramer Law Building Middle Campus

    Please note that the 7 February lecture ends at 19:30 (two-hour session)

    Saturday 8 February – 10:00 to 12:00. Irma Stern Museum

To apply for this course, please complete this application form and email it to or fax to the Centre for Open Learning at 021 650 2893.

* Who qualifies for reduced fees? Individuals dependent on an income of less than R96 000 per annum (R8 000 per month), or members of families whose total income is less than R144 000 per annum (R12 000 per month). Registered UCT students: Staff members who are doing postgraduate or other part time studies do not qualify as students. Full time undergraduate students at universities and schools in the Western Cape. Staff or others registered for a PhD degree are not considered students.