Certificate in Holistic Aging Course Descriptions
Aging and Society (3 credits)
Cynthia Lange, LMSW Certificates in Gerontology, Women’s Studies and University Teaching

The course examines the phenomenon of our aging society. For the first time in history, people 65 and older comprise 13% of the United States population. By 2030 it is expected that the proportion of the population over 65 will reach 20%. Using the life course perspective, we will actively explore how we construct age and through this construction, impact personal lives and public policies. By examining past and present experiences of older people and their families, we will connect their experiences to larger structural issues in our social worlds. We will learn how the decisions we make today will impact our personal aging and the opportunities that lie ahead for change at a personal and public level.

Physical Changes and Caregiving to Promote Wellness in Aging   (3 credits)
Dr. Beth Pritts, Associate Professor Biology
Barbara Carranti, MS, RN, CNS

This course will assist students to advise elders and their families with decisions related to lifestyle as the physical changes of aging become prominent forces in maintaining independence. The course content and activities will introduce the students to normal adult anatomy and physiology and the changes associated with aging. A body systems approach will be used to discuss age related changes in physical structure and function and the associated environmental and lifestyle practices that can support a healthy aging process.

The Psychology and Spirituality of Aging and Mortality (3 credits)
Dr. Susan Behuniak, Professor Political Science
Dr. Fred Glennon, Professor Religious Studies
Dr. Christina Michaelson, Associate Professor Psychology

This course will explore the psychological, developmental, and spiritual dimensions of aging and mortality. During our time together we will explore the following questions: What developments take place as we age? How does the meaning of life evolve? How does mortality modify the way we look at life and aging? In what ways do we transmit the wisdom that aging brings? We will also look at alternative models of aging that recognize and affirm interdependence and community but question current notions that tend to infantilize older adults.

Managing the Not for Profit Organization (3 credits)
Dr. Renee Downey, Visiting Assistant Professor Division of Management

This course is designed to give students an overview of the disciplines and competencies associated with the field of management. Understanding the proactive role of leadership is a unifying theme. The course provides an overview of traditional management and organizational theory, as well as realities unique to the not-for-profit workplace. The class will offer as its capstone experience the opportunity to use the entire curriculum to design a culture change application for the work environment.