This course emphasizes long-term service delivery programs designed to meet the needs of the geriatric population. The course reviews care and service systems, and the physiological and psychological changes associated with aging. Students will become familiar with the conceptual framework for planning, organizing, and delivering services to the elderly.
This course is for students interested in specializing in working with adult and the aging population. It can also serves as a good choice course for student who are interested in certificates in aging or other aging topics.
In Psalms 71:9, David cried out to the Lord saying “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.” Based on this scripture, it is critical for society to focus on aging population. This is based on the biblical principle that as a society we have to take care of the older adults in time when they are not able to care for themselves. This course is intended to prepare professionals that will be working with the geriatric population.
Our goal is to reduce social isolation, improve the health and well-being of older adults and to empower them to lead meaningful and connected lives. Professionals in the field of gerontology will be able to make this impact in the life of the older adults whom they will be serving
Course materials deal with varying types of long term service delivery programs comparing their relative strengths and weaknesses.
This course will recognize the diverse ways in which the elderly function, their diverse needs, and change in the country and world overtime in many contexts
The course will include presentations of conceptual material, demonstrations, discussion, videos and group activities. Through lectures, readings, class discussion/activities and presentations and written assignments, students will be expected to apply concepts to case materials and to participate in meaningful discussions.
The course will require students to select an adult who is facing aging-related challenges for services to work with through student placement. This will enable practical experience for geriatric social work.