Dimensions Of Health And The Older Adult –

hcs433

(3 credits)

This course examines the basic principles and concepts of the aging process; including the physical, social, emotional, and mental components of health. Benefits of health promotion and preventive action for the aging are also explored.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Current Trends in Aging

  • Describe the demographics of our current aging population
  • Identify the impact of current health care statistics
  • Examine the concept of Ageism
  • Discuss the theories of aging

The Physical Aging Process

  • Describe the physiological changes that occur in the aging process
  • Identify the functional changes that occur as you age
  • Explain the impact of sensory changes

Psychosocial Aging

  • Identify the aspects of cognitive functioning and possible impairments in the older adult
  • Recognize the emotional aspects related to aging
  • Describe the changing social roles of older adults
  • Give examples of resources available to address the psychosocial aspects of aging

Health Promotion and Preventative Action

  • List the leading chronic diseases seen in the current older adult population
  • Explore the prevalence of high-risk behaviors
  • Describe the stages of care within the health care continuum
  • Specify various wellness programs applicable to the older adult

Planning for the Aging Population

  • Identify changes needed to support a booming aging population
  • Examine innovative technologies that can support and retain aging independence

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