Adult DevelopmentThis course explores the biological, psychological, and social factors that are associated with aging. Although the focus is on the later years, students gain information from a life-span developmental framework. Students review and discuss empirical studies concerning strengths, limitations, and implications for normative and optimal functioning of adults as they age.
Perspectives in GerontologyThis course provides an overview of current aging issues. The course focuses on gerontology theory and research, critical social and political issues in aging, the interdisciplinary focus of gerontology, current career opportunities, and aging in the future.
Aging in the Family SettingThis course is a study of theories and research related to personal and family adjustments in later life affecting older persons and their intergenerational relationships. Through the use of current literature, students also examine related issues including demographics.
Cognitive HealthCognitive skills form the foundation for functioning in everyday life, and these skills take on added importance in older adulthood. This course focuses on selected theoretical approaches and current research related to cognitive aging. Students review normative and non-normative cognitive changes, assessment techniques, and prevention/intervention efforts. Central to discussions is how students can apply information of this course to professional settings.
Creativity & AgingWhat happens to creativity as a person ages? This unique class helps students understand developmental and pathological changes in the brain that can lead to changes in creative output over time. Through hands-on experiences, students grow appreciation for creativity produced and inspired by older people. The course provides theoretical frameworks and historical examples in literature, drama, art, and music.
Economics, Public Policy, and AgingThis course focuses on policy development in the context of the economic status of the elderly populations. Topics include retirement planning and the retirement decision, Social Security and public transfer programs for the elderly, intra-family transfers to/from the elderly, private pensions, financing medical care for the elderly, and prospects and issues for the future.
Environments and AgingIn this course, student examine attributes of physical environments that support special needs of older people. Student apply this knowledge to the design and management of housing, institutional settings, neighborhoods, and communities.
Mental Health & AgingThis course introduces students to the range of issues involved in aging and mental health. From a systems framework, students examine the major emotional and psychiatric problems encountered in old age. This includes examination of mood, anxiety, adjustment and personality disorders, dementia, cognitive problems, substance abuse, and suicide. Students explore barriers to treatment and cohort and cultural issues.
Nutrition & Physical Activity in AgingThis course identifies the basic physiologic changes during aging and how they impact health and disease. The focus is on successful aging with special emphasis on physical activity and nutrition. The course includes practical application to community settings.
Program Evaluation and Research MethodsIn this course, students gain an overview of program evaluation, research methods, and grant writing in gerontology. Course content includes application of quantitative and qualitative methods in professional settings.
Seminar in Long Term CareThis course provides information to students about leadership in long-term care. Students study administration principles involved in the planning, organizing, and directing of long-term care agencies. The course includes an in-depth exposure to federal and state standards and regulations governing long-term care.
Spirituality and AgingIn this course, students examine spirituality in later life from developmental, ethical, multicultural and applied perspectives.
Ethics and Health CareAdvances in medical technology have brought with them questions healthcare givers must now face on a daily basis. Do people have a right to die? Should healthcare providers perform life-saving procedures on all patients? Should the ability to pay influence what types of treatments are offered to patients? This course helps students learn to think critically about ethical issues affecting healthcare workers in a variety of healthcare settings (e.g., hospitals, nursing homes, clinical practice, pharmacies). The course content emphasizes issues relating to aging populations. Class discussions, short essays, and case studies encourage students to understand the multi-faceted nature of these ethical issues and need for open discussion between health care providers, patients, and family members. Prerequisite: One course in science.