Aging & Society

Hours: 125 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $1,225.00

Course Overview:

Aging & Society introduces you to gerontology in a compassionate way that helps you understand seniors and know how to work with them. This course combines sound academics with an empathetic view of the lives of older people. Beginning with a comprehensive look at aging in America, this course then delves into more specific theories and topics, such as the role of friends, family, and community. You will explore a number of contemporary issues in aging, such as long-term care, public policy affecting the elderly, and the aging populations’ impact on society.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend the role of the activity professional in adult care
  • Comprehend the process of aging in the America and surrounding theories
  • Identify chronic and acute conditions of aging
  • Comprehend the elements related to different types of caregiving
  • Identify methods for coping with death and dying

Course Outline:

Aging & Society Module 1
Aging, Stereotypes & Developmental Theories
  • Aging in America
  • Person-environment and Social issues
  • No Golden Age of Aging
  • Personal and Social Definitions of Age
  • Ageism
  • Demographics of Aging
  • Global Aging
  • Stereotypes of Aging
  • The Social Construction of Aging
  • Explaining Stereotypes
  • Breaking negative Stereotypes
  • Early Developmental Models of Aging
  • Developmental Patterns
  • Activity theory
  • Disengagement Theory
  • Gerotranscendence
  • Continuity Theory
  • Theoretical Roles of Individuals & Society
Aging & Society Module 2
Physical, Mental & Social Well Being
  • The Aging Body
  • Normal Aging
  • Health Status
  • Chronic and Acute Conditions of Aging
  • Major Health Problems
  • Theories of Why We Age
  • Understanding Longevity
  • Social & Environmental Factors
  • The Psychology of Aging
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Basic Cognitive functions
  • Learning and Memory
  • Psychopathology & the Myth of Senility
  • Functional Disorders
  • Organic Mental Disorders
  • Family Development in Later Life
  • Kin Structure & Relations
  • Social Networks
  • Religion and Spirituality
Aging & Society Module 3
Intimacy, Work, Leisure & Finances
  • The Need for Intimacy
  • Marital Status
  • Sexual Relationships & Sexuality
  • Research on Sexuality
  • Improving Attitudes About Aging & Sexuality
  • The Concept of Retirement
  • Age Discrimination in Employment
  • Adjustment to Retirement
  • Work and Leisure Values
  • Expanding Work & Leisure Opportunities
  • Financial Status
  • Social Security
  • Medical Expense in Old Age
  • Private Pensions
  • Lifestyles of the Poor
  • A Piece of the Good Life
Aging & Society Module 4
Living Environments, Caregiving & Special Problems
  • The Oldest-Old
  • Informal Caregiving
  • Obligations of Adult Children to Parents
  • Spousal Caregiving
  • The Childless Elder
  • Elder Caregiving to Grandchildren
  • Solving Caregiving Problems
  • Stress & Stress Management
  • The Home Care Crisis
  • Suicide & the Elderly
  • Crimes Against Older People
  • Aging Criminals
  • Elder Abuse
  • Defrauding the Elderly
  • Medical and Health Care Fraud
  • Drug Abuse
  • Promoting Consumer Education
Aging & Society Module 5
Ethnic Groups, Death & Dying, and Policies & Programs
  • Women and Aging
  • African Americans and Aging
  • Hispanic Americans and Aging
  • Asian Americans and Aging
  • Native Americans and Aging
  • Improving the Status of Ethnic Elders
  • Death and Dying
  • Fear of Death
  • Living fully Until Death
  • Care of the dying in Hospitals
  • A Matter of Choice
  • Informed Consent to Treatment
  • Funerals
  • Facing & Preparing for Death
  • Bereavement
  • Senior Power Today
  • The Older Americans Act
  • Eldercare Programs
  • Activism and Advocacy


All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

** The course outlines displayed on this website are subject to change at any time without prior notice. **