Foundations Of Gerontology –


(3 credits)

This course introduces students to the field of gerontology and focuses on the aspect of aging. Emphasis will be placed on the basic conceptual and theoretical perspectives on aging using a multidisciplinary framework. Students will uncover the myths and stereotypes of aging, demographic changes occurring in The United States, available programs and services, and current issues affecting older adults.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Aspects of Aging

  • Describe the study and field of gerontology.
  • Analyze the demographics and implications of an aging population.
  • Examine the myths and stereotypes related to aging.

Theories of Aging

  • Identify the influence of various cultural and ethnic perspectives on aging.
  • Examine the major aspects of aging theories.
  • Evaluate the relevancy of aging theories to current approaches to the social and biological aspects of aging.

Issues in Aging

  • Examine the demographics related to adult life transitions.
  • Identify living environment options for the aging population.
  • Examine the challenges related to emerging roles of families and health care providers for an expanding aging society.

Economic Issues in Aging

  • Identify the impact of retirement on personal income with aging.
  • Explain the economic effects that families face when caring for an aging family member.
  • Discuss the economic impact for societies with aging population growth.

Programs and Services

  • Describe the federal, state, and local health care resources for the older population.
  • Examine services and benefits of senior based organizations.
  • Identify the impact of technology as an intervention as well as a resource.

Future of Aging Population

  • Examine the need for relevant future research in aging issues.
  • Describe the impact of medicine and health related services on longevity.

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