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HLT 105: Issues in Aging

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students to identify the special needs of the aging individual in today’s society. An overview of aging in America, a discussion of the stereotypes and theories of aging, ethical issues, physical and psychosocial aspects of aging, cultural and ethnicity issues, and the impact of politics and public policy will be examined.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Understand the interdisciplinary topic of aging and the related philosophical, spiritual, cultural, and ethical issues associated with aging.
  2. Define gerontology, geriatrics, aging, ageism, and the person-environment approach.
  3. Identify the physical, psychological, and social changes associated with aging.
  4. Discuss special problems associated with an aging society.
  5. Understand gender, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in aging.
  6. Describe the different living environments, healthcare delivery systems, and care-giving needs available to the aging.
  7. Explain how political policies, the economy, and the growing population impact the future of the elderly.
  8. Discuss problems that hinder the ability of the elderly to live fully until their death, psychological stages in the process of dying, and the concept of life review.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

For each unit, we will follow the DOIT format:
Define - identifies the objectives of the unit each week.
Observation - this includes lecture, reading assignments and field experiences/assignments
Intervention - engage in field experiences/assignments
Tried and True - assignments that may include discussion board questions, papers, and/or quizzes

Assignment(s)PointsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

150

20%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)

140

20%

Clinical Journaling (Weeks 1-7)

140

20%

Case Study (Week 8)

10

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

100

20%

Total

540

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Hillier, S.M. & G. M. Barrow. Aging, the Individual, and Society. 10th ed.Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2015. IBSN-13: 978-1-285-74661-6

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,2

Topics: The interdisciplinary topic and stereotypes of aging

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1 (pp. 3-27)
    • Chapter 2 (pp. 32-52)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 1
  • Complete Clinical Journal

2

3,4

Topics: Psychological aspects of aging

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3 (pp. 60-86)
    • Chapter 5 (pp. 122-146)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 2
  • Complete Clinical Journal
3

3,6

Topic: Physical aspects of aging
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4 (pp. 92-114)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 3
  • Complete Clinical Journal

4

3-6

Topic: Social aspects of aging
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6 (pp. 151-166)
    • Chapter 7 (pp. 172-196)
    • Chapter 8 (pp. 202-224)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 4
  • Complete Clinical Journal

5

5,6,7

Topics: Living and care-giving in aging
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9 (pp. 228-254)
    • Chapter 10 (pp. 259-279)
    • Chapter 11 (pp. 291-310)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 5
  • Complete Clinical Journal

6

4,5

Topics: Special problems, gender, ethnicity, and race in aging
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12 (pp. 317-341)
    • Chapter 13 (pp. 347-370)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 6
  • Complete Clinical Journal

7

7,8

Topic: Death, dying, and the politics of aging
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14 (pp. 375-398)
    • Chapter 15 (pp. 405-416)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Discussion board questions (2)
  • Review the Lecture and linked website material
  • Take Quiz 7
  • Complete Clinical Journal

8

1-8

Topics: Conclusion and Reflection

  • Participate in the Case Study Discussions
  • Submit Case Study
  • Complete Final Exam

Final Exam

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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