4523Syllabus - Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies...

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Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies University of Central Oklahoma HLTH 4523 Health & Aging Spring 2011 MW 1:00 – 2:15pm CTL 239 CRN # 22077 Instructor: Melissa Powers, Ph.D. Office Location: CTL 227 (within Office Suite 206) E-mail: [email protected] Office Phone: 974-5309 Office Hours: Monday 9:00 – 10:30am, Wednesday 3:00 – 5:00pm, Thursday 10:00am – 11:30am, or by appointment Required Texts: Albert, S.M., & Freedman, V.A. (2010). Public health and aging: Maximizing function and well-being. New York: Springer Publishing Company. Thomas, W. H. (2004). What are old people for? How elders will save the world. St. Louis, MO: Vanderwyk & Burnham. Recommended Text: American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual (6 th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Author. (second printing or later required; the first printing should be returned) * All assignments must be completed in APA format. Students are responsible for using correct format. This will not be covered in class. Course Description: This course provides a multidisciplinary approach to aging well and the promotion of healthy living in late life. The focus will be on identifying lifestyle factors that impact late life health and strategies to promote well-being in elderhood. Discussions of aging-related changes in all dimensions of wellness will include classification as primary, secondary, or tertiary aging. Prerequisite: HLTH 1112 and junior or senior standing Course Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Discuss theories of aging and critically evaluate each theory based on emerging biological aging research. 2. Classify physical and cognitive changes as primary, secondary, or tertiary aging including identification of factors affecting physical and cognitive aging. 3. Describe characteristics and causes of common aging-related diseases and illnesses such as dementia, diabetes, and stroke. 4. Explain the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive impact of aging changes and aging-related diseases on health and function. 5. Identify key aging resources and programs in the community and discuss the structure of Oklahoma’s aging services network. 6. Explain how positive health practices through the lifespan impact health and function in old age. 7. Evaluate current community health programs for elders based on theories and best practices for
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