Students examine myths about aging and stereotypes of older adults and contrast them against facts that they gather about the older adult population in the U.S. and elsewhere. Through reading, research, and discussion, students identify and discuss current and predicted trends in aging, taking into consideration the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of the aging process and of aging individuals across cultures. Students examine how broad social phenomena such as poverty impact older adults and learn about special populations within the aging community and the challenges and opportunities these and other issues present to caregivers and human service workers as they contribute to productive aging.
BHHS 171 - Introduction to Aging Studies
- Fulfills American/Global Diversity