Using the concept of continuing maturation throughout the lifespan, this course focuses on the latter portion of human life to include: cultural influences; why older adults work; changes in motivation and memory; caring for older adults; sexuality of older adults; retirement; nursing homes and hospice care; religious and ethnic funerals; the psychology of dying and bereavement, and the psycho-social aspects of growing older.
Course Objectives: The primary goal of this course is to establish a foundation of knowledge concerning the latter portion of human life.
Upon leaving this course, students should be able to:
Recognize the concept of continuing maturation throughout the lifespan.
Explain key stages in adulthood using the major models of psychology.
Identify cultural differences that may contribute to certain adult behaviors.
Recognize basic symptoms of disorders of aging.
Identify coping strategies of dying and bereavement.
Explain psycho-social aspect of growing older.
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