Who should attend
Anyone who provides services to older adults in a professional, community or personal capacity.
About the course
People who work with older adults often get great satisfaction from making a positive difference in their lives. As the population of older adults in the United States and worldwide continues to grow, there will be greater need for professionals with expertise in gerontology.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll examine the specific challenges and opportunities involved in supporting older adults and their family members. We’ll look at the relevant psychological, biological and social factors that affect the aging process so you have the knowledge you need to better serve older adults in fields such as human services, health and wellness, housing and recreation.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- Biological aspects of aging and age-associated functional changes, including illnesses common in old age
- Social, cultural and economic factors that influence the quality of life for older adults
- Different psychological theories of aging and mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and dementia
Anita Souza is a nursing science researcher at the University of Washington’s School of Nursing. Her program of research addresses the care and support of older adults across the cognitive continuum, including those in the early stages of memory loss. Specifically, she focuses on the psychosocial...
Cochrane is an Associate Professor in Family and Child Nursing and the de Tornyay Term Professor in Healthy Aging at the UW School of Nursing, where she is also Director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging. She is a Joint Associate Member in Public Health Sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer...
David La Fazia has more than 25 years of experience working with elders and their caregivers. La Fazia is a practicing social worker and teaches in the School of Social Work, focusing on families and aging, theory and direct practice, and research methodology. He also serves as a research scienti...
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.