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Course Description

The graying of America means a cultural shift. Now there's a workforce of seniors who decades ago would have been retired at age 55 to 65.

This course describes the aging process, risks to senior's health, and how to stay healthy no matter if you are 65 or 105. 

You will gain understanding of and respect for seniors, and explode some myths about the aging brain.

Types of long-term care will be defined, and payment methods, including the CLASS Act federal funding plan. 

You will also learn to protect yourself from burnout when caring for aging parents or your spouse.

You will discover the potential life span for a human is not 85, or 95--find out exactly what it is.  You will be challenged if you are a senior, and you will gain an optimistic outlook on what it means to be in this "new old age."
If you seek a career in aging services you'll be encouraged by the fabulous opportunities awaiting you.

Course Requirements

This course is intended for any age learner over the age of 13. It is recommended that students to be able to write and read at a high school level. There are no Required books but Recommended Books are listed within this course.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: The 'New Old' Generation In Aging and Long Term Care -Challenges & Reasons for Optimism

Lesson 2: Types of Care and Services for Seniors

Lesson 3: The Psychology of Aging

Lesson 4: Physical Health - Unique Needs and Challenges for seniors

Lesson 5: ALTC Challenges in Maintaining Quality Care and Services: Naming the Problems, Exploring Solutions

Lesson 6: Volunteer Care Givers - Issues for Family and Others Who Donate Elder Care

Lesson 7: The Rights of Elders and Consumers of ALTC Services

Lesson 8: Legal Matters of the Aged and Terminally Ill

Lesson 9: Paying for Aging and Long Term Care

Lesson 10: The Social Imperative - Invaluable Social Ties Lead to Healthy Aging and Longevity

Lesson 11: Course Review and Resources for More information on Aging and Long Term Care

Course Materials

All the course material required to complete this course is contained in this course.

Grading Policy

Grading Policy- Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson quiz and assignment which will review what is covered in the lesson. Several lessons will also be associated with a related assignment.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define challenges and describe reasons for optimism in aging and long term care.
  • Describe types of care and services for seniors.
  • Describe the psychology of aging.
  • Know physical health - unique needs and challenges for seniors.
  • Identify the challenges in maintaining quality care and services.
  • Describe volunteer care givers - issues for family and others who donate elder care.
  • Know the rights of elders and consumers of aging and long term care.
  • Recognize legal matters of the aged and terminally ill.
  • Describe paying for aging and long term care.
  • Recognize the invaluable social ties that lead to healthy aging and longevity, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment2
Lesson 1 Exam12
Lesson 2 Exam13
Lesson 3 Exam8
Lesson 4 Assignment2
Lesson 4 Exam7
Lesson 5 Exam8
Lesson 6 Exam9
Lesson 7 Assignment2
Lesson 7 Exam9
Lesson 8 Exam8
Lesson 9 Exam8
Lesson 10 Assignment2
Lesson 10 Exam6
The Final Exam49
Total Points:146

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