Social And Cultural Aspects Of Aging – hcs557 (3 credits)

This course examines the social and cultural perspectives on aging. Public and personal aspects of aging will be addressed through historical, theoretical, cultural, and social venues. Topics will include work and retirement, social policy, older people as social and political forces, care needs, diversity, economics, social support, and disability.

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.

Transition From Worker to Retiree

  • Describe the economic and financial impact of retirement.
  • Differentiate factors that impact retirement.
  • Compare options for transitioning from worker to retiree.

Social and Cultural Concerns of Aging

  • Describe social and cultural concerns that impact the older adult.
  • Analyze poverty and inequality patterns in older adults.

Support Systems and Services

  • Compare informal and formal support systems and services.
  • Evaluate the sources of funding for support systems and services.

Changes in Relationships

  • Evaluate the impact of changing finances on relationships for older adults.
  • Explain the ramifications of aging on relationships.

Public Policy and Political Force

  • Discuss the impact of public policy on the older adults.
  • Explain the effect of political activism on older adults.

Historical Perspectives

  • Compare historical roles of older adults in society.
  • Describe the evolution of perspectives on aging.
  • Summarize the changes in postindustrial society that impact the older adult.

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