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Course Descriptions

GERO 501 | Interdisciplinary Approaches to Aging Research (3 credits) Students learn interprofessional collaboration, integration and coordination is best practice for advancing gerontological science. Interprofessional research may lead to clinical teamwork as best practice.  Explore these two concepts that result in improvements to the health and wellbeing of today’s and tomorrow’s older adults.

GERO 550 | The Aging Brain and Body (3 credits) Presents current research on neuroscience and physiology of aging. Explores factors that influence health and have implications for preventive measures in disease and health disorders in the aging. Examines nature of health problems, and methods of assessing physical, cognitive and psychological needs. Explores aging effects on client and caregiver. Presents theories of aging.

GERO 525 | Health Literacy and Communication (3 credits) Explores role of theory, research, and practice in health communication. Investigates provider-patient interaction, social support networks, medical ethics, mass media’s portrayals of disease, disability, death and health-related behaviors, and health promotion and disease prevention. Covers role of communication in health, including role communication plays in individuals’ social and cultural expectations and beliefs about health, how such information influences people to think about health and effect behavioral change, and how communication may be used to redefine and change public health policy. Explores interprofessional communication and the mentoring relationship. Includes readings, projects, and discussions.

GERO 575 | Dementia and Memory (3 credits) This course focuses on the all aspects of the disease process including medical management and caring for people with dementing illnesses in acute, community and long term care settings. Topics include the disease process, effects on cognition, vision, balance, and motor planning, effects on performance of activities of daily living, caregiver stress, strategies for managing and evaluating care provided by family caregiver and healthcare professionals, analysis of clinical care of the dying, and the psychological issues of death and dying.

GERO 600 | Aging and Disability (3 credits) This course explores aging as it affects work, leisure recreation, disability and wellness. It examines rehabilitation theory, research and application to the practice of today's healthcare professional and care of specific populations. It addresses the needs of those with disabilities as they age.

GERO 625 | Health Disparity in Aging (3 credits) The most striking disparities in the burden of disease in the United States are experienced by African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Asians, disabled individuals, and individuals from low socioeconomic and rural population groups. This course will focus on aging and health disparity as it relates to homeless, medically indigent, migrant and disabled population groups among others. Topics will focus on bringing awareness to the problems faced by these populations and the societal factors that create these problems. Students will generate solutions to reducing and eliminating health disparities, expand minority health and health disparity research education and to provide information to these groups about intervention, prevention, and management of disease.

GERO 650 | Capstone: Creating Change (3 credits) Course offers the opportunity to develop, lead, and manage programs through a capstone project. The course is designed to facilitate/develop the student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to visualize, propose, and implement programs reflective of innovative arenas of healthcare. Self-directed learning strategies are utilized to broaden and deepen the students' critical reasoning process, integrating the philosophical tenets and conceptual models of their profession. Students will identify a problem and design a program or business that will address this problem. It will be presented to employer or appropriate audience to start the process of change.

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