bshs438 | undergraduate

Care For Aging Populations

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The course is an exploration of various living environments for aging and elderly including retirement communities, living with relatives and/or children, independency, assisted living, the goodness-of-fit between lifestyle and housing, and managing long-term care. Students will demonstrate knowledge of segregated versus age-integrated residential settings and the impact on residents. An in-depth investigation of care-related issues across the growing aging population will include topics such as chronic illness, subsidized and un-subsidized healthcare related expenses, and needs assessment protocol. The basic model and principles of integrative, interdisciplinary healthcare is presented as the foundation for a team approach to the development of intervention plans, strategies of care, and implementation. (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSHS/437.



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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    The Influence of Living Conditions

    • Determine the goodness-of-fit between a living environment and an aging adult.
    • Analyze the influence of elder care giving on family relationships.
    • Contrast the influence of segregated and age-integrated residential settings on older adults.
    • Outline the living environment options for the aging population.

    Health Care Issues for Aging Adults

    • Describe the role of physical, mental, and cognitive health on aging.
    • Evaluate the influence of chronic illnesses on aging.
    • Describe the relationship between healthcare access and well-being.

    Working With Aging Adults

    • Describe assessment methods used when working with older adults.
    • Develop a needs assessment protocol for older adults.
    • Identify strategies for implementing integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to caring for older adults.
    • Identify signs of elder abuse and the legal responsibilities of the practitioner.

    Managing Long-Term Care and End of Life

    • Evaluate crime related issues facing the older population.
    • Describe factors human service professionals must consider when addressing long-term care needs.
    • Examine end-of-life related issues facing the older population.

    Aging and Late Life Development

    • Examine the effects of ageism and stereotypes on the older population.
    • Analyze demographic trends in the older adult population. 
    • Determine later life development theories according to the needs of older adults.
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