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Gerontology
GERONTOLOGY
CLASS CODE: HS 351 CREDITS:  2
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: HEALTH SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to include the scientific study of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging.
DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to include the scientific study of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging.
TOPICS: We will discuss: 1)biological aging theories and longevity, 2)how the body systems are affected as we age, 3)the pros and cons of physical activity versus inactivity on the aging process, 4)nutrition and sexuality as they relate to aging process, 5)explore mental health and illness, 6)chronic, acute illness and accidents regarding elderly people, 7)what medications and medical care changes occur as we age, 8)health prevention and promotion, 9)long term care for the elderly, 10)dying, death and grief as they affect mankind.
OBJECTIVES: 1. To better understand that older people in the United States are growing at a rate unprecen-dented in American history.
2. To know about the process of aging, elder's health needs and problems, and the current and potential health and human service systems available to respond to their needs.
3. To teach the students how to maintain health and reduce the effects of illness but help them realize that this knowledge doesn't guarantee that they will change their behavior or necessairly increase their chances of a long and healthy life; it is a beginning.
REQUIREMENTS: 1. Seven mini tests (two chapters each). Each mini test will have twenty questions.
2. Three out-of-class activities worth twenty points each with a write up.
PREREQUISITES:
OTHER: Points Available: 7 mini test x 20 = 140 points. 3 out-of-class activities 20 ea = 60. A total of 200 points possible. Grading: 180 points = A-
160 points = B-
140 points = C-
120 points = D-
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002