Required Courses for the CARITAS Gerontology Certificate
410/510: Caring for the Elderly: Theories, Practice, and Social
Policy (3 credits)
course analyzes aggregate care models for the elderly. It explores
social policy on aging from a governmental and interagency perspective.
Population changes and aging in society are highlighted. Public
health and social agency strategies are explored. Ethical issues
relating to aging and social policy are discussed. Prerequisite:
422/522: Theories, Principles, and Assessment in Biological, Psychological,
and Pathophysiological Aging (3 credits)
The course explores social and psychological aspects of aging, common
physical health problems in the elderly, and behavioral and biological
aging theories. Special attention is given to mood disorders, dementia,
elder abuse, congestive heart failure, degenerative joint disease,
and osteoporosis as prototype concerns. Common therapeutic interventions
such as fall prevention, pain management, and exploitation prevention
and assessment strategies for social, psychological, physical, and
functional health aspects of aging are emphasized. Public health
implications of depression, delirium, dementia, and elder exploitation
are explored. Health advocacy approaches, prevention models, and
critical pathway analysis are used to frame health promotion and
disease prevention programs. Pre-requisite: None.
591: Geriatric Psychopharmacology (1 credit)
This course explores treatment of mental health problems in the
elderly using pharmacological interventions. Drug treatment for
depression and psychosis are featured, as well as management of
behavior disorders related to dementia along with the role of psychoactive
drugs in the care of older adults. Appropriate and inappropriate
uses of such drugs will be compared. Depression and dementia will
be examined as prototypes of psychoactive drug use in the elderly.
End of life issues and pain relief will be addressed. Pre-requisites:
GERO 410, 422 or special permission.
480/580: Field Study in Gerontology (3 credits) Practicum
This practicum course offers opportunities for students to observe
and work with a preceptor in clinical or community settings serving
the elderly. Seminar meetings and clinical experiences allow students
to apply concepts of gerontology in actual elder care situations.
Pre-requisites: GERO 410/510, GERO 422/522, GERO 591.