Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the effects of our aging population on older adults, families, society, the healthcare system and retirement planning.
  • Delineate the psychosocial and physiologic processes of normal aging and age-related health conditions.
  • Act as a resource person to older adults, their families and collaborating professionals in relation to viable programs for older adults..
  • Interpret interdisciplinary gerontological research findings to promote healthy aging.
  • Apply interdisciplinary gerontological research findings to the creation of programs that promote healthy aging.
  • Implement effective healthy aging programs for older adults.
  • Evaluate healthy aging programs for older adults.
  • Describe service programs and policy interventions that could correct inequities in the aging experience as it relates to gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and cross-cultural differences, particularly among the economically disadvantaged.
  • Identify ways to reduce ageism and its negative impacts on older adults’s late life opportunities to engage in meaningful activity and social engagement.
  • Demonstrate effective, respectful, compassionate communication skills when speaking to older adults and their families.
  • Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary/interagency team in the promotion of healthy aging in older adults.
  • Apply public policy and politics concerning aging and older adults, including advocacy, legislation, organizational structures, and practices for identifying funding.
  • Apply analytic thinking to aging research and statistical findings.
  • Apply problem solving to critical ethical issues related to an aging society, such as loss of autonomy and end of life care.