In this course, students will integrate, analyze, and synthesize knowledge of multiple perspectives on aging in order to facilitate an understanding of the role of each member in an interprofessional team. Collectively, how these members are engaged in providing care to older adults and how to apply these principles to their own practice.
This course is an overview of providing care to geriatric populations afflicted by illnesses common in older adults. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify and differentiate between age-related conditions, as well as identify the medical, social, and environmental factors that contribute to these medical issues.
Students will become proficient in critical assessments, methods, and study designs used in gerontological research. In addition to training in how to conduct their own research, students will also learn how to assess the quality of other studies. Special emphasis will be placed on reviewing the content and construction of peer-reviewed journal articles, including subjects in science/preclinical studies, care delivery, and clinical research from a multidisciplinary perspective.
This course provides an overview of the challenges facing our society in terms of caring for a rapidly aging population. Students will also be provided a perspective on ethical and policy issues related to conducting clinical research in gerontology. At the end of this course, students will be able to identify, analyze, and propose possible solutions to the ethical and legal challenges that aging populations and their caregivers face.
This course is an introduction to the biology of aging in both humans and rodents. Students will learn major theories of biological aging, including the free radical theory of aging, the roles of the organ systems in aging, and how the aging process can be delayed through pharmaceutical and genetic manipulation or calorie restriction.
Using a clinical science approach, this course examines the relationship between aging and changes in cognitive systems caused by clinical disorders. Overviews of modern neuroscience, clinical assessment, intervention strategies, functional neuroanatomy, and major cognitive systems will serve as a foundation for the student’s understanding of how the human brain changes with age.
In this course, students will learn how to evaluate population-based research on age-related diseases. Research design, case definition, and disease etiology are emphasized, as well as the identification of chronic diseases in the elderly, research terminology, and methodological concepts. Students will also learn how to apply new information from research papers into their everyday practice.
This course covers the lifestyle interventions designed to promote positive health outcomes in the elderly. Emphasizing nutrition, physical activity, and behavior modification, students will learn how to create health interventions for both individuals and groups. Students will also review public health approaches to improve elder health at the community or organizational level.
This course will build on the behavioral concepts of lifestyle-based intervention discussed in the preceding course. Here, the emphasis will be to examine the underlying biologic and physiologic changes experienced by older adults in response to prominent lifestyle-based interventions, e.g. diet and physical exercise. These changes include adaptations of major organ systems including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary systems, and nervous systems. Adaptations will be evaluated across the spectrum of physiologic organization, from whole-body to molecular and cellular changes.
Master’s degree students must take a minimum of three electives to complete their degree. The University of Florida offers three specialty tracks for students who are interested in geriatric care management, gero nursing, and geropsychology. Visit the Specialty Tracks page for more information.
Aging is determined by both genetic factors and environmental factors. This course is mainly focused on how environmental factors modulate lifespan and healthspan by interacting with intrinsic genetic factors. In this course, learners will learn both general knowledge and mechanistic insights into what environmental factors modulate aging and how they act. Three major modules are covered in this course: (1) Gene-Environment interactions; (2) Pro-longevity environmental factors and their modes of action; and (3) Anti-longevity environmental factors and their modes of action.
This course presents the basic elements and procedures for conducting a comprehensive geriatric assessment and care plan report. The content of the course covers the fundamentals of a psychosocial and functional assessment. Current issues in dementia and depression are discussed. Emphasis is placed on conducting the client interview, gathering all necessary information, and incorporating that information into a cohesive written care plan.
This course examines the role of communication in successful care plan implementation and coordination. Students will explore the impact of family systems on the provision of care for individuals and aging families. Topics include caregiver assessment, care monitoring, helping midlife children work together to care for aging parents, preparing for and facilitating family meetings, forgiveness and effective use of technology.
This course explores the ethical and legal issues encountered in the practice of geriatric care management including informed consent, decision making capacity, advanced directives and the regulation and financing of long term care. The course will also address issues associated with starting a business in Geriatric Care Management including entrepreneurial risk, marketing, fee for service billing, and human resources. Emphasis is placed on creating a business plan.
This introductory course provides an overview of the multidisciplinary field of gerontology, aging services, and community resources for geriatric care management. Material will be covered that informs students about the basic biology, psychology, and sociology of the aging process. Patterns of service use and public and private resources to meet the individual needs of geriatric clients are examined. Principles of case management and the role and function of the private geriatric care manager are presented.
This course provides knowledge and skill necessary for evaluation activities that support the management of quality outcomes in nursing systems. Emphasis is on identification of critical variables that serve as catalysts for positive clinical outcomes. Students will focus on the qualitative and quantitative benchmarks derived from extant and emerging information systems.
This directed reading course introduces students to contemporary theory, method, and findings regarding normal cognitive aging, neuropsychology (based mainly on research with brain-damaged individuals) and cognitive neuroscience. The readings will consider normal and pathological cognitive changes, potential etiologies and comorbidities, as well as recent thinking on intervention approaches for late life cognition. The selection of topics and instructors also reflects the unique profile of expertise among University of Florida Division of Neuropsychology faculty.