Foundations Of Gerontology – hcs548 (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.

Economic Issues in Aging

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

Theories of Aging

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

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.

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.

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.

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