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HNSC 3171 Health Aspects of Maturity and Aging: Course Schedule

Course Schedule

List of Topics associated with each day of the course
Date Topics to cover
1/30 Course Introduction
2/1, 2/6 & 2/8 Course Overview
2/13 & 2/15 Theories of Aging
2/20 No Class – Monday conversion day
2/22 & 2/27 Body Changes with Age
3/1 & 3/6 Physical Activity
3/8 & 3/13 Nutrition
3/15 & 3/22 Chronic Illnesses and Conditions pt. 1
3/20 Midterm
3/22 Chronic Illnesses and Conditions pt. 2
3/27 & 3/29 Acute Illness and Accidents
4/3 & 4/5 No Classes -- Spring Break
4/10 & 4/12 Accessibility to Medical Care

4/17, 4/19 & 4/24


Mental Health and Disorders

Blackboard Discussion assignment on video Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts

4/26 & 5/1 Longterm Care and Living Arrangements for Seniors
5/3 Blackboard Discussion assignment on readings about "Senior Living"
5/8, 5/10 & 5/18 Student Presentations
5/17 Reading Day
  Final Exam

Semester Projects

Portrait of an older person (20%)

  • Interview a person older than 80 years of age, at least two times, keeping a log.  Make sure you prepare questions before each meeting.
  • Power point (4-5 slides only) presentation to class at the end of the semester.
  • More detailed instruction can be found at in project detail description box.

Article reading (10%)

  • Choose one article from the NYTimes (listed on this syllabus) or other reliable newspapers (Washington Post, etc.) or professional journals on the elderly. Summarize in one page and present in class. (distribute your one page summary to the entire class at the time of presentation.)  (5pts for oral presentation. 5pts for written report.)
  • All your assignments need to be typed, double spaced, with citations following the APA format. Use the Purdue OWL (online writing lab) for help with your citations.