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Gerontology


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

GERON 101

Introduction to Aging

3 credit hours

Course Types: GDVST,GERON

This course introduces the student to the field of gerontology through a variety of interdisciplinary venues including literature, gerontology, psychology, sociology and nursing. The student will be introduced to techniques of self-reflection and journaling to increase awareness of one's own perceptions of aging. Included are opportunities for elder client encounters that demonstrate successful aging and the complexity and diversity of the older client.

GERON 106

Elderhood Through Film

3 credit hours

Course Types: GERON

The purpose of this course is to engage the student in reflecting on the later parts of the life cycle (elderhood) as represented in popular narrative films, as well as, documentary films and television programs. The emphasis in the course will be on deconstructing the many myths and stereotypes surrounding aging and elderhood, and then reconstructing a more holistic view of human life in later years. Film (and television) is both a reflection of, and an influencer on, popular perceptions, feelings and understandings of major cultural mores and beliefs. As such, it can serve as an engaging way for students to look reflectively and critically at our societal understandings of human life in its later years, including the diversity and individuality of the experience of growing older.

GERON 124

Physiology of Aging

3 credit hours

Course Types: GLISC,GERON

In this course the physiological changes that occur in the aging process are addressed with emphasis on learning for the student who is not previously trained in the physiological sciences; includes information on appropriate exercise, nutrition and ways to minimize problems for the elderly.

GERON 199

Lifespan Development

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

Course Types: GSOSC,GERON

Lifespan Development is a survey of theory and research on development throughout the life span from conception to death. The course focuses on the physical, emotional, social and cognitive changes.

GERON 203

Nursing Care at the End of Life

2 credit hours

Course Types: GERON

This course addresses the special care and needs of patients, families and significant others at the end of life. Concepts explored will include an overview of hospice and palliative care, the role of the nurse in hospice care, pain and symptom management, communication at the end of life, ethical, legal and cultural considerations, grief loss and bereavement. Literature and film will enhance the student's awareness of end of life issues.

GERON 205

Narrative Gerontology

3 credit hours

Course Types: GERON

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to narrative/story [Narrative Gerontology] as a way of knowing, a way of coming to connect with and communicate with the older adult in a variety of settings through interdisciplinary venues that include literature, gerontology, psychology, sociology, anthropology and nursing. The student will be introduced to interpretive phenomenology as a way of thinking and interpretive journaling to better understanding the diversity and complexity of the older adult. Student interdisciplinary teams will discuss a variety of readings and studies and participate in developing a community teaching/learning plan for older adults, leading to a multi-perspectival understanding of aging and how to come to understand what is meaningful to older adults both in the U.S. and globally and across settings. Offered fall.

GERON 208

Aging and Culture

3 credit hours

Course Types: GERON

This course examines aging in cross-cultural perspective. Emphasized are the diverse and worldwide cultural contexts that mediate the experience of aging. Evaluated is the human response to aging as influenced through historical time periods. Theoretical perspectives and myth surrounding aging are explored. Challenges of growing old are considered in diverse life contexts and cultures. Explored are case studies of aging from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas and the contextual knowledge that illuminates life transition, health, well-being, and cultural adaptation for the aged. This course applies to academic disciplines including nursing and health sciences.

GERON 216

Introduction to Health Communication

3 credit hours

Course Types: GERON

This course is a survey of health communication concepts and theories. The processes by which people, individually and collectively, understand shape and accommodate to health and illness issues are explored as well as the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance awareness, processes and procedures. Offered spring.

GERON 224

Adulthood and Aging

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

Course Types: GERON

Adulthood and Aging considers physical changes with aging, psychological and sociological theory and research concerned with the changes and developmental tasks characteristic of mature adulthood, middle age and aging.

GERON 266

Suffering and Death

3 credit hours

Course Types: GRELS,GERON

This course is a study of central themes, resources and methods employed in Christian theological reflection upon human suffering and death.

GERON 309

Neuroscience of Communication

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) CSDI-204, CSDI-206

Course Types: GERON

This course examines the neurological foundations of speech, language, and swallowing, and provides an introduction to the neurogenic communication disorders of aphasia, apraxia of speech, and dysarthria. Offered spring.

GERON 318

Sociology of Aging

3 credit hours

Course Types: GERON

This course explores the sociological aspects and theories of aging. Using a cross-cultural perspective, the content focuses on issues in life-course, leisure and retirement, social ecology and structure, interpersonal and intergenerational relations, and the economics and politics of aging. Offered as needed.

GERON 335

The Art and Science of Reminiscing

3 credit hours

Course Types: GERON

This course will examine the therapeutic intervention of reminiscing utilizing theories in nursing and sociology as well as research and critical thinking skills. With a focus on the older adult client, attention will be given to active communication and therapeutic listening. Reminiscing will be explored from sociocultural, developmental, and clinical contexts. Opportunities to learn and apply principles of qualitative research will be incorporated. Offered as needed.

GERON 341

Health Psychology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) PSYCH-101

Course Types: GERON

Health Psychology is an interdisciplinary study of health and psychology. The primary emphasis of the course is a biopsychosocial one. Content includes the history and focus of health psychology, an examination of stress, its relation to illness, and methods for coping with and reducing it, physical and psychological pain, methods for managing and controlling it, and procedures to enhance health and prevent illness.

GERON 348

Geriatric Syndromes

2 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) GERON-101

This hybrid course addresses Geriatric Syndromes and their effect on the physical, psychological, and social health and well-being of older adults. The foci is the role of nursing in the assessment, health promotion, risk reduction, evidence-based interventions, and client teaching related to Geriatric Syndromes. Face-to-face classes are held every other week along with on-line case studies and reflective thinking projects on alternative weeks.

GERON 390

Elder Law/Justice in Aging

3 credit hours

Course Types: GERON

This course is an introduction to the myriad of legal issues that are often grouped under various titles such as Elder Law and Aging and the Law. The course highlights the social and legal issues associated with an aging society, a critical understanding of the distinct legal problems of the elderly and a familiarity with governmental aging society, a critical understanding of the distinct legal problems of the elderly and a familiarity with governmental programs established for the benefit of older people.

GERON 395

Capstone Project

3 to 4 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) GERON-101 or NURS-199

Course Types: GERON

This course is a collaborative project either working in teams to develop and present a community educational offering addressing an aspect of aging or in collaboration with a specific agency as an intern, or with a faculty member on a particular project related to the learning outcomes of the minor.