Feb 15, 2019  
2015-2016 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SOWK 402 - Social Gerontology

(3 cr) An interdisciplinary consideration of the sociological, psychological, and biological processes of aging with emphasis on modes of social intervention. Important aspects of the demography of the aged are clarified, as is the aging's relationship with the family. Studies in changes in intelligence, memory, brain function, and behavior accompany a look at the physiological aspects of the psychology of aging. Normal and pathological physical changes and the effects of exercise receive attention. Discussions of environmental and social issues such as prolongation of life, institutionalization, economics, neighborhood planning, public policy, and community services are examined in their particular applications to older persons and the aging processes. Strategies and techniques of the development and delivery of social services are presented. Prerequisites: SOCI 203  and PSYC 101  or permission of instructor.



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