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Social Systems and Aging


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Course level: Upper Division

This course traces the origins of social systems for the aging around the world, followed by an examination of program types, the effects on retirement, demographic changes, political sustainability of social programs for the aging, institutional settings, and labor supply. Students will define and measure population aging by comparing and contrasting U.S. data with other countries by exploring elderly- dependency and age-dependency ratios. Additional topics for discussion and demonstrated understanding by students include: the biology of aging and the pathology of memory, disengagement theory, mental health issues such as depression, suicide, and the psychology of aging, the aging family and changes in family structure, intra- and inter-generational relationships across various societies, and healthful aging ideology.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Social Context of Community Resource Delivery

Education, Continuation of Employment, and Benefits Services for Older Adults

Extension of Health-Related Programs and Services

Auxiliary Services Including Long-Term Care, Daily Care, and Housing

Future of Social Systems for the Aging Adult


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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