As baby boomers advance into old age, the segment of the population over age 65 will increase dramatically. It is estimated that soon there will be more than 70 million baby boomers age 65 and older. The needs of baby boomers, which are likely to diverge from those of previous generations, will present great challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers. Understanding this generation as it ages requires knowledge of what deteriorative changes occur during this period of life and how these changes can affect the individual’s ability to survive. This course explores many issues affecting the older adult, including human aging as a global experience; theories of aging; physical and psychological aspects of aging; disease conditions associated with the aging process; environmental, economic, political, and sociological issues affecting older adults; ethical considerations; and needs for end-of-life care.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of how to identify issues associated with changing family relationships during the aging process
- In-depth knowledge of future concerns for a globally aging society
- Healthcare providers who work in gerontology
- Anyone interested in studying the ethical, legal, and financial considerations and policy issues associated with older adult generations