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Centre for Open Learning (COL)

Current public courses

Living longer – living well

Coordinated by Kate Brown, Financial Planner and Director

This multi-disciplinary course explores the demography of ageing and both what contributes to longevity as well as strategies for living well with longevity.

Sarah Harper, Oxford Professor of Gerontology and director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing will establish the basis for what follows in her analysis of population patterns and what contributes towards longevity. Kate Brown, who practices integrated financial planning, will explore how people make or could make decisions that enable them to enjoy longevity. Rae Labuschagne, consulting gerontologist and occupational therapist and Sylvia Birkhead, occupational therapist, look at active centenarians, observing that they are obviously doing something right and what younger people, many of whom are likely to live into their late 90s or early 100s, can learn from them. The course will consist of four lectures 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. Presented by Sylvia Birkhead (occupational therapist) and Rae Labuschagne (gerontologist and occupational therapist).


This session, limited to the first 20 applicants, is a Saturday morning museum excursion to the University’s Irma Stern Museum, to which participants should bring an elderly relative or friend who may suffer from dementia or similar, and his or her regular carer, and will explore the possibilities of creative activity for ageing people and their carers..

To apply for this course, please download the application form below and email it to or fax to the Centre for Open Learning at 021 650 2893. For further enquiries: 021 650 2888.

*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.

Customised courses

In addition to our open enrolment courses, the Centre is able to design new courses for particular contexts or adapt courses which have already been run to suit your organisational learning needs. Our aim is to offer programmes with a conceptual content that can be applied to real-world situations and meet the needs of changing work environments.

Examples of customised courses that have been offered include:

For more details on customised courses contact The Centre for Open Learning or telephone 021 650 4088.

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