Growing old is discussed today in ominous terms – concerns about disease,
dysfunction, and destitution are daily discussed by media and policy makers.
What are individuals, families, communities and societies to make of an
ageing world? We analyze contemporary topics in psychological and social
ageing from a global perspective. Each week, we pose a question to be explored
and discussed online. Participants are encouraged to contribute their experiences
and perspectives as we create a global community to discuss age, ageing,
and the science of gerontology in action. Participants will then compile
a portfolio of materials they create and/or collect to address each week’s
question and critically reflect their knowledge and experience throughout
the course. Portfolios are then reviewed by peers at the end of the course
to foster continued discourse among participants in our COURSERA community.
Week Zero: How do I
critically appraise information about ageing?
Week One: What is ageing?
- Biology and senescence
- Social ageing
Week Two: What is it to be old?
- Familial and filial structure
- Functional status
- Social welfare/well being
- Ageing in place
Week Three: What is an ageing society?
- Ageing population (birth rate decline and longevity increase)
- Elder dependency
Week Four: What is it to age well?
- Usual and successful ageing
- Healthy ageing
- Well being
- Quality of life
- Spirituality and ageing
Week Five: What are the global implications of ageing?
Week Six: What do ageing societies need to do to prepare
for the future?
- Ageing workforce
- Caregiving workforce
- Public health
- Public policy
- Human resources
- Financial resources
- Cultural precepts
- Ethical principles
For the full syllabus, click here.
Sarah Kagan and Anne Shoemaker