Course Descriptions

AGE 6003 - Aging: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3)
This course is intended to blend theory with practice by exposing students to cutting-edge, real-world issues in the aging services arena, while reinforcing the importance of integrating multiple academic disciplines in the study of aging. This course will explore the effects of aging on the mind, body, and spirit and reinforce the need to address all three for healthy aging.

AGE 6013 - Ethical Issues in Aging (3)
This course focuses on the moral and ethical issues service professionals face when dealing with the aging. Through the use of case studies, various ethical decision making approaches will be taught. Current ethical issues will be explored including biomedical ethics.

AGE 6103 - The Care Continuum and Delivery System Trends (3)
The course will provide a historical, philosophical, and managerial overview of seniors’ housing and care, along the entire care continuum. Special attention will be paid to nursing homes and senior housing options and their past, present and future role within the overall health care system in the United States. An examination of future service models which reflect the impact of demographics and the changing nature of family relationships on senior services delivery will be explored. Significant attention will be devoted to the determinants of quality care and the critical role of quality management.

AGE 6203 -  Innovations in Aging (3)
The course introduces design thinking as a powerful approach to foster innovation, whether at the level of products and services, policy initiatives, or the creation of a new organization. To develop skills as design thinkers, students immerse in an intensive design exercise working in teams on an actual design problem.

AGE 6303 - Leadership in Aging Services (3)
As a leader, your job is to produce results. This course examines leadership theory and practice in the context of aging services organizations. Students will be encouraged to consider their own personal leadership patterns and to develop their ability to match appropriate leadership behaviors to specific situations and organizational priorities.

AGE 6403 - Legal Issues in Aging (3)
This course introduces students to the legal issues they are likely to face in managing an aging services organization. Students will be able to identify legal issues and to understand the legal ramifications of their decisions. Topics include regulatory issues, patients’ rights, antitrust, institutional liability, and employee relations. Students will also explore the regulatory process and examine proposed legislation and public policy.

AGE 6433 - Social, Economic and Financial Challenges of Aging (3)
This course explores the “Silver Tsunami” and its impact on the United States by investigating how macroeconomic policies interact with organizations providing services to older adults, and ultimately influence the economic well-being of older adults. The managerial economics core relies on case studies to convey the key content of microeconomics applied to aging services and their clientele. By contrast, the macroeconomic and policy portion focuses on the fiscal challenges facing the federal government to continue to support programs that benefit older adults and how these programs affect directly the country's overall fiscal well-being. The current and projected financial status of the key entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will be analyzed.

AGE 6993 - TransformAging Capstone Project (3)
This course will provide students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and experience by completing a research project in an applied setting.  Students will work with a local organization serving older adults to conduct an interdisciplinary study to enhance the services of that organization. 

AGE 6603 - Elder Mediation & Intergenerational Communication (3)
As people age, individuals and families are faced with many difficult decisions and often conflict. Mediation can play a critical role in bringing older adults together with their family members, caregivers, healthcare and social service providers to have important conversations. This course prepares participants to practice transformative mediation in a way that responds to the needs of those present and respects each person’s decision-making capacity as they face critical times of transition. Focus will be placed on intergenerational communication theory and techniques. The interactive format will include lecture, discussion, and role plays.

AGE 6613 - Spiritual Formation in the Aging and Aged (3)
The course provides an in-depth look at the relationship between aging and spirituality, centered around Christian spiritual formation. An extensive study of spiritual disciplines will occur as students learn how the aging and aged are conformed to the image of Christ. Explores the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and psychological dynamics of aging and how churches and service providers play an integral role in fostering successful aging in the U.S.