Health Promotion for Aging Populations – HLTH 380

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The study of the process of aging and the interrelationships among the five dimensions of health as they relate to aging. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and disease prevention at all ages as the path to living a full life in the later years.

Prerequisite

Completion of at least one academic year

Rationale

America is getting older. Health education and health promotion professionals will have older clients in many settings. This course is therefore designed to provide an overview of the special needs and concerns of people as they age, leading to health promotion for the elderly. Physical, mental, social, emotional, financial, and spiritual aspects of aging will be examined. Disease prevention and health promotion strategies will be presented.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the demographics of aging in the United States and the societal consequences of changing demography.
  2. Discuss and refute common myths about aging and health.
  3. Describe biologic aging theories and longevity.
  4. Compare and contrast the interrelationships among risk factors for health and illness (chronic and acute) as they relate to aging.
  5. Articulate the effects of aging on sexuality.
  6. Discuss the alternatives available for living arrangements, medical care, and medication use among the elderly.
  7. Assess his or her own level of comfort with death and dying and describe the grief process and its impact on the elderly.
  8. Compare and contrast Christian and secular views of aging and dying and formulate personal and professional belief statements about aging and dying.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Article Analysis

The student will analyze a research-based article and incorporate additional research to write a 1–2-page summary of the article in current APA format. The paper must include at least 2 references in addition to the article.

Website Evaluation

The student will locate 2 websites containing information relative to aging and will complete an evaluation form for each website. The student will then provide a narrative about each site describing how the site can be useful to an elderly person. Each narrative must be at least 1 page.

Personal Interviews

The student will conduct 3 interviews, one per category, in each of the following age brackets: young elderly (65–74 years old), middle elderly (75–84 years old), and frail elderly (85 years old and older). Upon completion of the interviews, the student will submit a 5–6-page summary paper.

Long-Term Care Facility Project

The student will schedule a tour of a long-term care facility. During this visit, the student will interview the administrator or representative of the facility who conducts the tour. Upon the conclusion of the tour and interview, the student will complete a PowerPoint presentation with a minimum of 10 slides that documents his/her experience and the knowledge gained during the tour.

Belief Statement

As a culminating paper, the student will write a 2–3-page statement reflecting an overall belief about aging. The statement will be expanded to include personal beliefs pertaining to the student’s own aging, older people in the student’s family and community, and the student’s professional perspectives about aging.

Tests (4)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each test will be open-book/open-notes. Tests 1 and 4 will contain 50 true/false and multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. Tests 2 and 3 will contain 45 true/false and multiple-choice questions as well as 1 essay question, and have a 2-hour and 15-minute time limit.