bshs437 | undergraduate

Social Systems And Aging

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This course traces the origins of social systems for the aging around the world, followed by an examination of program types, the effects on retirement, demographic changes, political sustainability of social programs for the aging, institutional settings, and labor supply. Students will define and measure population aging by comparing and contrasting U.S. data with other countries by exploring elderly- dependency and age-dependency ratios. Additional topics for discussion and demonstrated understanding by students include: the biology of aging and the pathology of memory, disengagement theory, mental health issues such as depression, suicide, and the psychology of aging, the aging family and changes in family structure, intra- and inter-generational relationships across various societies, and healthful aging ideology.



This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Future of Social Systems for the Aging Adult

    • Determine the structure and purpose of the Older Americans Act (OAA).
    • Evaluate current and future approaches to services and how they meet the needs of older adults.
    • Explain social and political influences on aging policies and programs.

    Social Context of Community Resource Delivery

    • Analyze the implications of an aging population on society.
    • Explain the historic relevance and the significance of programs for older adults in the United States.
    • Identify the different psychosocial theories as they relate to service use among older adults.

    Education, Continuation of Employment, and Benefits Services for Older Adults

    • Delineate educational opportunities for older adults.
    • Analyze the programs that community centers offer for older adults.
    • Explain work-related policies for older adults.
    • Describe Social Security, pension benefits, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income programs for older adults.
    • Discuss how local programs for older adults are used in conjunction with state and federal services.

    Extension of Health-Related Programs and Services

    • Identify physical and psychosocial factors influencing nutrition in older adults.
    • Examine mental health problems in older adults and available assistance channels.
    • Describe health promotion and wellness programs available to older adults.

    Auxiliary Services Including Long-Term Care, Daily Care, and Housing

    • Analyze the relationship between an older adult’s place of residence and physical, psychological, and social needs.
    • Explain how care management integrates delivery of services for older adults.
    • Identify the factors that necessitate the use of long-term-care-facility programs.
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