HBD6768

Aging and End of Life Issues

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This course explores the critical social issues facing our aging society.  Coverage includes the major social, psychological and biological perspectives in aging and old age from the standpoint of both the individual and the wider society.

 

UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:

  • Understanding aging within its evolving historical and social context.
  • Examining the changing demography and assessing the direction of social change brought on by the aging society.
  • Exploring issues in aging related to race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic position, and gender, including bereavement and widowhood.
  • Identifying issues and problems facing older people, answering the needs of those preparing to work with older people and also those with close ties to someone growing older.
  • Comparing policies and practices of other countries in meeting the needs of older people.
  • Exploring how older people construct their self-concept, individuality and actions in old age and how this affects meaning, value and purpose in their lives.
  • Examining the physical, social, psychological, spiritual, and economic realities of growing older.
  • Discussing variations in household structure, patterns of home ownership, and alternative living arrangements among the aged to include family and institutional care options.
  • Examining changes in retirement and aging and the emergence of post work lifestyles.
  • Identifying the major issues regarding elders in the health care system, labor force participation and retirement, and legislation affecting health and economic well-being.
  • Exploring the role of employers, human resource managers, and public policy makers in increasing support for career and work life extensions among older workers.
  • Exploring how new lifestyles and improved health among today’s elderly challenge traditional views of old age.
  • Examining the issue of familial responsibility in care giving influenced by the growth and complexities of multigenerational living.
  • Evaluating strategies for assessing older persons’ needs for care, ensuring their safety and seeking elder care options.
  • Understanding the importance of the individual, family, neighborhood, community and societal contributions to optimal aging.
  • Analyzing public policy issues and practices that affect the aging population. 
  • Discussing the essential topics of elder law – advanced directives, patient rights, social security, guardianship, elder abuse.
  • Identifying rituals, traditions, and responsibilities in matters of death and dying.
  • Understanding stereotypes and images of the aging.
  • Identifying special problems among the aging including suicide, elder abuse, fraud, crimes against older people and drug abuse.
  • Developing a source of information for use by professionals and the public who are addressing issues of aging.

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