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Foundations of Gerontology I

Course Description

Foundations of Gerontology I: Global and Societal Impacts of Aging Populations presents an overview of the global and societal aspects of aging through examination of critical, complex issues ranging from health care and social policy to new roles in the second half of life. Topics include long-term care and rationing of health care; autonomy and end-of-life decisions; the age-versus-need debate; Social Security and the future of retirement; and longevity and the biological basis of aging. Emphasis on trends and future developments is balanced by attention to case studies and practice and policy issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise research reports for applicability to specific challenges and opportunities facing older adults and aging societies (PLO 1, 7)
  • Identify instances of age stereotyping in media and recast them to demonstrate that aging is experienced and evidenced in diverse ways that are affected by gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and cohort differences (PLO 1, 4)
  • Develop and apply their gerontological imagination to the examination of the implications of aging for persons and for macro systems at the societal and global levels (PLO 1, 3)
  • Propose ways in which older adults individually and collectively can transform programs and institutions that serve them and their families (PLO 1, 3, 6)
  • Apply a life course perspective to the consideration of the challenges and opportunities facing societies as members age (PLO 1, 3)
  • Advocate for policies that increase the capacity of social institutions and governmental agencies to improve the health and well-being of older adults and their families (PLO 1, 3, 5, 6)

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