Catalog 2016-2017 
    Jan 21, 2019  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SHSV 136 Issues in Aging: Boomers and Beyond

5 credits
This course covers the biological, sociological and psychological processes involved in the aging process. Social policies, housing, caregiving resources and community services will also be explored.

Prerequisites: SHSV 110  or instructor permission.

Quarters Offered: Summer

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the major biological theories of human aging
  • Analyze the impact of the growing senior population
  • Explain the sociological issues presented by a growing number of those over 70 years of age
  • Identify the normal age-related psychological changes in cognitive functions, personality and interpersonal relationships
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal aging in terms of personality, cognition and general functioning
  • Critique selected public policies (local, state, federal) for the provision of social programs for seniors
  • Recognize unique concerns of seniors such as elder abuse, and develop appropriate referral procedures
  • Determine when additional social services are needed and create a resource of agencies which provide services to this population
  • Navigate a variety of support services available  for seniors, professional caregivers and family