Wintermester Courses: Gerontology 499

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The Fall 2020 semester ends on November 24th, and the Spring semester doesn’t begin again until January, so we are introducing our first ever “Wintermester” courses!

These fantastic 2-unit classes will run for three weeks, from Monday, November 30th, to Monday, December 21st, 2020. The classes will be included in your Fall 2020 registration and tuition bills, so you can register once they are available up until the classes start in November.

Clinical and Geropsychological Management of COVID-19 in Older Adults

2.0 Units | Online Lecture | 1:00-3:30pm | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Explore the greatest public health crisis of our generation: As the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic, the world is paying close attention to proactively address this public health emergency of international concern. As older adults are at high risk for complications from COVID-19, this course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge on various impacts of COVID-19 on older population. This course will also provide the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 from diverse perspectives:

  • Epidemiology and public health responses in different countries
  • Pathophysiology and clinical management of COVID-19 in geriatric patients
  • Social, psychological, and behavioral impact of COVID-19 in the elderly.

Students will be able to join live (synchronously) or watching recorded (asynchronous) lectures, along with supplemental digital course content covering the pandemic.

The Life Course, Health and the Arts, 1900-2020

2.0 Units | Online Lecture | TBA | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

You cannot join a crowd at a Museum, Concert, Restaurant, or Film, but you can study the lives of aging artists and their bodies of work. This class offers students the opportunity to explore the life course, lifespan health, diversity and aging in depth via examination of visual arts, music, environmental design, fashion, film and media, literature, physical movement, and food. This class uses a Life Course Perspective and the lens of creative arts to study people’s lives in the context of their lifespan health as well as history, culture, and societal structures.

Class lectures are recorded (asynchronous), along with supplemental digital course content covering gerontological research, the arts, and the creative process.

Instructor:

Assistant Professor Andrei Irimia

Imaging Senescence: A Creative Exploration of the Aging Mind

2.0 Units | Online Lecture | 4:00-6:50pm | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

An interdisciplinary seminar exploring the gerontological imagination and human creative process through neuropsychological analysis, empirically grounded evaluation and neuroscience-based inquiry of the mind and brain.

Critical assessment of aging-related themes related to human creativity and imagination
Bridge the divide between the sciences and the humanities by witnessing, analyzing and interpreting the products of human creativity through the lens of gerontology, with a focus on aging as a universally human source of artistic, philosophical and scientific expression
Develop skills for the analysis of such forms of expression using the apparatus of psychological inquiry, the principles of empirical discernment and the critical exercise of scientific knowledge, particularly from the neurosciences

Students will be able to join live (synchronously) or watching recorded (asynchronous) lectures, along with supplemental digital course content covering the pandemic.