309.608.01 NEW FRONTIERS IN GERONTOLOGY
- Chad Boult
Integrates the results of recent research – from several disciplinary and institutional perspectives – on the pressing social and epidemiologic challenges to the health of aging populations. Leading scientists describe the goals and the outcomes of their research, and discuss with the students the process of translating their findings into policy and practical applications to improve the health of aging populations. Sessions address recent scientific advances against major threats to health and independence in later years, e.g., dementia, depression, poverty, frailty, acute conditions, social isolation, and terminal illnesses. Students participate in class discussions and write a paper about the potential for one recent advance to improve the health of members of aging populations.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify recent innovations that improve the health of older persons
Describe the major factors that facilitate and impede the translation of gerontologic research findings into policy and practical applications
Evaluate the potential for specific scientific discoveries to improve the quality of life of aging populations
- Tuesday 3:30 - 5:20