OSU S.A.G.E. Courses

The OSU S.A.G.E. Program offers an integrated series of courses in aging that provides students with the opportunity to obtain the knowledge, as well as develop the skills and attitudes critical to meeting the health and social service needs of older adults.

Upcoming Course Schedule

See course descriptions below

2017 OSU S.A.G.E. Series

Course Begins Ends

Introduction to Applied Gerontology
Spring Semester, 2017

Faculty: Michele Stokes, Ph.D., MS
January 9, 2017 Week of April 24, 2017

Case Studies in Clinical Gerontology
Summer Semester, 2017


Faculty: Margaret H. Teaford, Ph.D.

May 10, 2017 Week of July 31, 2017

Issues and Trends in Aging
Fall Semester, 2017

Faculty:  Diana Kubovcik, MSSA, LISW-S

August 22, 2017 Week of December 4, 2017

Program Questions: Michelle Myers, Program Manager
Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
McCampbell Hall, 5th Floor North
1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 614-685-5672 / Fax: 614-293-5612
E-mail: michelle.myers@osumc.edu

Introduction to Applied Gerontology

Michele Stokes, PhD, MS, Lecturer

This course provides a foundation for the further study of aging and the development of improved services to aging individuals and populations.

The multiple dimensions of aging are considered - physiological, psychological, cognitive, and social - as are the phenomena associated with the interaction between aging and society.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the myths and realities of aging.
  2. Identify and analyze elements that promote successful aging by individuals and within populations.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the various theories of aging.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of various biological, psychological, and sociological factors that influence the health, well-being, and quality of life among older persons.
  5. Discuss changes associated with social aging - how one's life in social systems changes with time.
  6. Identify changes associated with "normal" aging.
  7. Identify inequalities in health care that may affect older persons' lives.
  8. Recognize cultural, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation as well as ethical and religious differences among older people.
  9. Describe how cohort and historical effects impact aging.

Case Studies in Clinical Gerontology

Margaret H. Teaford, PhD

We are living longer and often with more chronic, rather than acute, problems. These issues may involve care from several different disciplines as well as understanding the environments and families of older adults.

Increasingly we are organizing care and support in a more holistic manner around the needs and desires of the older person rather than within various care systems. Truly, their care now rests on a three-legged stool with the older adult, family or informal caregivers, and professionals as the three legs. All three are needed in order to provide the best assistance to older adults. Therefore, it is important that we understand the different perspectives that each brings to the caregiving experience and that the wishes of the older adult should govern the selection of care options wherever possible.

Since care is provided by a variety of professionals such as social workers, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, speech and hearing therapists, and nurses, it is important to understand the background of these disciplines and how they can work together. Interdisciplinary case studies on a wide variety of issues will be used as the teaching tool for in-depth study of these issues.

The course will provide students with:

  1. an opportunity to collaborate on issues related to health, social, cultural, and ethnic diversity among older adults living in urban, rural, homebound, and long-term care settings;
  2. an understanding of the chronic health problems faced by older adults such as arthritis, hearing loss, low vision, speech and communication difficulties, and memory loss.
  3. an understanding of the role of informal caregivers such as family members and friends and how they can work with the formal caregiving system;
  4. an awareness of the various assessment tools used by professionals working with older adults;
  5. an understanding of the ethics of long term care in the community and in congregate housing; and
  6. an understanding of an holistic approach to the care of older adults and the role of the various helping professions.

Issues and Trends in Aging

Diana Kubovcik, MSSA, LISW-S

This course introduces students to the broad political and social framework and policy considerations that impact the aging population. Throughout, a problem-based approach will be used to address national political, social, and economic policies that directly impact the way we organize, finance, and deliver aging services. Students will address issues and controversies such as:

  1. Should we ration health care for older people?
  2. Should families provide for their own?
  3. Should older people be protected from bad choices?
  4. Should people have the choice to end their lives?
  5. Should age or need be the basis for entitlements?: The US and international perspectives.
  6. Health Care Reform