Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
Issues in Aging: Gerontology
As baby boomers advance in age, the segment of the population over age 65 continues to increase dramatically. In 2010, more than 70 million baby boomers were added to the existing population of individuals 65 years and older. The combination of the age cohorts is presenting new challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers in every specialty. Understanding the various age cohorts of older adults will require knowledge about aging theories; the normal and deteriorative changes during the adult periods of life; how these changes can affect the individual's ability to survive and thrive; what the social and economic needs are and how they can best be met. This course will also focus on the wellness aspects of aging and how older adults are living longer, working longer, and maintaining a quality of lifestyle.