HLTH 170 - Introduction to Aging
(BSSD, GEIR, GEEL [M]) (R only)
An introduction to the study of the aging process. Personal and societal myths about older adults and the process of aging will be confronted via examination of demographic data, sociological trends, anatomical/physiological changes, and psychological issues such as memory, cognition, and personality. The influence of factors such as race, economics, globalization, living environment, long-term care, and health policy, as they impact quality of life will also be addressed. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A . Three hours each week. Formerly HE 130.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Explore the impact and relevance of psychosocial, economic, and political issues on the health of the aging population.
- Describe current and project future demographic trends with regard to the aging population.
- Define ageism and refute negative stereotypes associated with the aging process.
- Identify and explain both normal and pathological changes associated with biological, psychological and social aging.
- Describe the impact of acute disease, chronic disease, and accidents on longevity and quality of life for older adults.
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