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Theories of Aging

Course Description

In this course learners will integrate, analyze and synthesize knowledge of multiple perspectives on aging to facilitate understanding of the role of members of an interprofessional team collectively engaged in providing care to older adults and apply these principle to their own practice.

Course Goals:

The goals of the course are to: (1) describe and critically evaluate theories of aging and (2) understand how each theory can be used in practice and care of elders.



Course Topics

Module Topic
Module 1 Studying Aging from an Inter-professional Geriatric Perspective
Module 2 Theoretical Perspectives on Aging
Module 3 Biological Perspective: Longevity
Module 4 Biological Perspective: Mechanisms of Aging
Module 5 Biological Perspective: Interventions
Module 6 Biological Perspective: Project 1
Module 7 Psychological Perspective: The individual aging older adult
Module 8 Classical Psychological Perspective: Disengagement, conflict and activity theories
Module 9 Modern Psychological Perspective: Transcendence
Module 10 Psychological Perspective: Project 2
Module 11 Sociological Perspective: Social Stratification
Module 12 Sociological Perspective: Modernization
Module 13 Sociological Perspective: Project 3
Module 14 Integrating the Perspectives
Module 15 Final Project

Learning Resources

  1. Topic articles will be placed on the course website. The information in these articles is coordinated with online lecture materials and serves as the required text for the course.
  2. Weekly discussion questions will stimulate critical thinking about issues relevant for that week’s topic.
  3. An on-line discussion will be available every week to address questions related to the lectures or other learning material.

Library Access

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