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GERO 101 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 91 or ESL 91
This course is an introduction to the major issues and concepts that deal with the study of the aging process. It will explore the demographic, social, and economic factors in aging as well as the effects of physical change and psychological behavior upon later life.
GERO 102 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION IN LONG TERM CARE 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 91 or ESL 91
The student will discuss the organization, administration, and recreational programs for the aging. The course will include the principles and practices of therapeutic recreation services in settings serving the elderly, with emphasis on the role of the therapeutic recreation professional in client assessment, and documentation. The course will prepare students for entry level positions in facilities that service elders. Field observations will be required.
GERO 103 HEALTH AND AGING 3 credits, 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 91 or ESL 91
The course will focus on the physical changes that occur with age and discuss the health care alternatives that the aging may require. It will also explore other health topics such as nutrition, medication, exercise, sexuality, and death and dying as they affect the older adult.
GERO 199 FIELDWORK WITH AN OLDER POPULATION 3 credits, 1-hrs. lecture plus fieldwork
Prerequisite: ENG 110, HLT 130, GERO 102
This fieldwork course will give students an opportunity for firsthand experience in working with the elderly in such places as senior citizen centers, nutrition sites, recreation centers, and nursing homes. It will include a weekly seminar so that students may increase their knowledge, exchange ideas, and discuss any problems that may occur. This course is only open to gerontology majors who have completed the required pre-requisites.