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Gerontology Undergraduate

  • GERON 150  Frontiers in Global Human Aging

    Description:
    This introductory course provides an overview of research and knowledge in human aging. This course builds a framework for understanding the biopsychosocial aspects of human aging and the characteristics of older adults in the world today. The survey course looks at the latest findings across many disciplines that study global aging (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science, public health, social work, nursing). For example, it explores a number of variables that are important to human aging such as personal health and well-being, social support, and race and cultural contributions to the life course. This course also covers the basic aspects of planning and delivering health and social services for older adults.   More Info

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  • GERON 160  Global Aging and the Life Course I

    Description:
    This foundational course introduces the major topics, concepts and terminology in life course studies using a global comparative perspective. This course builds a framework for understanding aging populations and aging individuals. It considers how different cultures and contexts influence attitudes toward aging and the aged. Case studies and essays from international gerontology scholars will be presented and studied.   More Info

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  • GERON 220  Demographics and Economics of Aging

    Description:
    This course seeks to provide students with the ability to obtain and utilize information about the demographic and economic status of the elderly in the United States and abroad and to examine the impact of these factors on their quality of life. Students will also learn about the aging network and the major health and social welfare programs and services for the aged.   More Info

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  • GERON 240  Legislative Process and the Elderly

    Description:
    Legislative bodies and administrative agencies, through power and process, can have a profound impact on issues in the policymaking arenas. In order to advocate effectively, it is important to understand the state legislative process and to engage in strategic planning to influence the decision makers.   More Info

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  • GERON 250  Mental Health and Aging

    Description:
    This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of psychological aspects of aging. this course will be organized into three broad sections. 1) In the first section of this course, you will become aware of the increasing population of older adults, methods in aging studies, biological theories, physical changes, quality of life and longevity, common diseases, and person -environment interactions. 2) The second section of this course will cover attentional processes, types of memory, intelligence, and social cognition. 3) For the final section of this course, we will focus on mental health. Specifically learning about changes in personality with age, psychological and cognitive disorders including depression, anxiety, dementia, relationships throughout the lifespan, death and dying, and end of life care. To finish the semester we will reflect back on what we have learned and focus on how we can successfully age and encourage others to do so also.   More Info

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  • GERON 305  Concepts of Aging

    Description:
    This course builds a framework for understanding the biopsychosocial aspects of human aging and the older adult in the United States today. It explores a number of variables that are important to the study of human aging and fundamental to the planning and delivery of effective health and social services of older persons. Each student examines his/her own aging process regardless of his/her chronological age.   More Info

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  • GERON 315  Working with Elders

    Description:
    This course will facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skill to engage learners in a helping relationship with older adults. The structured experience of friendly visitation to a frail older adult provides an opportunity to perform in the role of an effective helper in purposeful relationship with a frail elder.   More Info

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  • GERON 325  Applied Research in Aging

    Description:
    This 3-credit course is a project in conjunction with a community organization about an issue affecting the elderly. Students learn to clearly articulate significant questions, develop a research methodology, prepare instruments and gather data that informal debate on the issue. Students will participate in the design and implementation of a group field project. We will use mixed methods to explore the attitudes and behavior of these older adults.   More Info

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  • GERON 350  Influencing Aging Policy

    Description:
    This course explores policy and practice issues related to providing this important community-based care to a widening range of elders. Students will learn to identify strategies for changing or preventing the change of a major public policy; to compare and evaluate those strategies based on different theories or models of change; and to propose a specific implementation plan for some portion of that strategy, including a plan for evaluation its effectiveness.   More Info

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  • GERON 355  Community Service with Elders

    Description:
    This course is linked to a project involving a community partner in which students focus on an issue, policy, medical condition, or some other aspect of aging in which the community partner is interested. Students research the issue from a variety of perspectives and work with the community partner to use the research to support advocacy efforts locally and nationally regarding policies to improve the quality of life for persons affected.   More Info

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  • GERON 401  Intervention with Elders in a Community-based or Institutional Setting

    Description:
    This course is designed as an experiential learning activity. The focus is on service-learning as an instructional activity designed to meet the needs of elders in a variety of institutional settings. Students are expected to reflect on issues germane to elders and on ways to address and/or resolve their social and/or health related service needs, long-term or short-term, through direct services.   More Info

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  • GERON 411  Understanding a Gerontological Social Policy

    Description:
    This is the first part of a two-semester seminar leading toward more advanced work in gerontology. It offers students an opportunity to examine, discuss, and apply one of several current major social policy issues within the field of aging, and to study the challenges to everyday life from the perspectives of individuals, their families, and their communities. We will learn about advocacy efforts locally and nationally to support policies to improve the quality of life for persons dealing with the particular issue being studied.   More Info

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  • GERON 415  History of a Social Policy in Aging

    Description:
    This course offers students an opportunity to engage in the in depth study of the history, development, and application of a particular social policy within the field of aging.   More Info

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  • GERON 430  Health and Physical Aspects of Aging

    Description:
    This course focuses on the physical changes in the body associated with normal aging. There is a lessened reserve capacity in all organ systems in the body that increase susceptibility to disease and illness. Emphasis is on health promotion and disease and disability prevention.   More Info

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  • GERON 440  Working on a Gerontological Social Issue

    Description:
    This is the second of a two-semester seminar focusing on Gerontological social issues and policies impacting older adults in Massachusetts and nationally. It offers students a more advanced opportunity to examine, discuss, and apply one of several current major social policy issues within the field of aging, and to actually work on the challenges presented by that policy to those advocating for individuals and their families.   More Info

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