MULTIDISCIPLINARY CENTER ON AGING
UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN GERONTOLOGY
POLICY AND AGING
course has three major components:
To provide students with substantive knowledge concerning
the history and current status of major public policies
affecting the elderly.
To provide an understanding of the different factors-historical,
structural, cultural, economic and political-that have yielded
the current array of old age programs in the U.S.
To analyze and investigate strategies and options that might
be pursued in bringing about policy changes deemed beneficial
to older persons.
objectives will be pursued through readings, lectures, class
discussions and written and oral work prepared by the students.
the end of the course, students should be able to:
Describe demographic characteristics of the aged at the
Discuss major social conditions and problems that affect
Identify major social policies and programs designed primarily
for the aged.
To Be Covered:
Demographics of the Elderly in America
Social Welfare Policy
National Public Policy and Aging
Income Maintenance and Social Security
Health Care Policy
The Aging Services Network
Housing and Living Environments
Politics, Policy and Aging
Public Policy and Gender
Advocacies and Empowerment
Robert, N. and Kiikuni, Kenzo (Editors). Who is Responsible
for My Old Age? Springer Publishing Company, New York,
C.L. and Minkler, M. Readings and the Political Economy
of Aging, Volume 6. Baywood Press, Amityville, New
Donald E. The Aging Network: Programs and Services
(4rd Edition). Springer