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