GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to include the scientific study of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter
CONTENT AND 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.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Students will: 1) acquire some understanding of the physiological aspects of the normal aging process, 2) acquire some understanding of aging as a pathological process and the factors in both the external and internal milieu which may contribute to premature aging, 3) learn of factors which help prevent premature aging, promote the health of the elderly and contribute to the extension of the prime of life, 4) become acquainted with some of the theories of the physiological aspects of aging and the experimental approaches used in studying the aging process, 5) acquire some knowledge about the organic and infectious diseases, common disorders, and disabilities prevalent among the elderly and the implications of this knowledge for disease prevention among the aged, 6) prepare for death as a normal process, 7) become acquainted with federal, state and community health programs and services for the aged, including medical care, hospitalization, extended care, rehabilitation, and health maintenance, 8) become acquainted with some of the professional literature pertaining to the biological, medical, and health aspects of aging as well as some of the noted researchers and writers in the area of geriatrics and gerontology, 9) know the age-related changes that occur in the body systems.
REQUIREMENTS: Course Outline:
Introduction, Chapters 1-3 - Test #1, Chapters 4-6 - Test #2, Chapters 7-10 - Test #3, Chapters 11, 13, & 14 - Test #4. Grading and points available for Gerontology HS 351: 1) four exams with each exam worth fifty points, 2) four out-of-class assignments worth twenty-five points each. Total points possible - 300. Grading: 270 points and above - A level, 240 points and above - B level, 210 points and above - C level.
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-