Introduction to Applied Gerontology


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