National University




AGE602 Foundations of Gerontology II

Lead Faculty: Dr. Allyson Washburn

Course Description

This course reviews a broad range of topics relating to the personal and interpersonal aspects of aging. Through the major theoretical and methodological traditions in gerontology, the seeming paradox of continuity versus change for older adults in areas relating to self and others: health and wellness promotion, cognitive changes in aging, resilience of older women and elders of color, intergenerational relationships, and social and public policies for older adults.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise research reports for applicability to specific challenges and opportunities facing older adults and aging societies (PLO 1, 6)
  • Develop recommendations for a wellness program for older adults that addresses common chronic diseases and promotes well-being (PLO 1, 2)
  • Apply a life course perspective to the assessment of cognitive, emotional, and personality changes or adaptations of older adults (PLO 2, 3, 4)
  • Evaluate the capacity of family and community resources for addressing the social support needs of older adults (PLO 1, 3)
  • Develop guidelines for providing culturally-competent services to elders of color and for addressing the economic, social support, and intimacy challenges of older women (PLO 1, 3, 4)
  • Advocate for wellness and social policies that promote the health and well-being of older adults (PLO 1, 3)