HLT3400 Health and Aging

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Olivia Owusu-Boakyewaah

Course Description:

An overview of issues related to health and aging. It will expose students to the study of aging, its implications for individuals, families, and society, and the background for health policy related to older persons. Students will develop an understanding of the aging process and successful aging.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Health and Aging is a course designed to provide students with a general background in aging and challenges and strengths of older adults. The content of this course is relevant to students who plan to work with older persons, to research in the field of aging and to students who wants to better understand the aging process of their aging family members.

Why This Course Is Important:

Older adults are the fastest growing demographic group in our nation today and they are also among the fastest growing group in the world. Health care professionals will have older clients in many settings as they graduate and go into the workforce. Therefore it is important to expose students to the perspectives and approaches for healthy aging. This course is intended to provide a general overview of the special needs and concerns of people as they age. It will introduce students to a range of health issues that older persons, their health providers, and society will face in the next decade. Course materials will include the demographics and biology of aging, an understanding of the basic health and mental health, and policy decisions that state and federal government will need to solve related to these issues. Physical, mental, social, emotional, financial, and spiritual aspects of aging will be examined.