Course Outline and Reading Assignments


Social Gerontology and the Study of Aging

  Date Topic Readings
1/24

The Emergence and Development of Social Gerontology/Theory in Social Gerontology

Hooyman/Kiyak, 1 & 8; Handout

1/31

Research Methods in Social Gerontology/Careers in Social Gerontology

Handouts


Demographic and Historical Contexts of Aging

Date

Topic

Reading

2/7

The Demography of Aging/Diversity Among the Elderly

Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 1; Hooyman/Kiyak, 14 & 15; Web Sites

2/14

History of Aging/Contemporary Attitudes and Policies

Niles-Yokum/Wagner, Introduction; Schulz/Binstock, Preface, 1 & 2; Hooyman/Kiyak, 2 & 16


Major Federal Policies and Programs Effecting the Aged

Date

Topic

Reading

2/21

Social Security:  Maintaining the Financial Independence of the Elderly

Schulz/Binstock, 3-7; Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 5; Hooyman/Kiyak, 12

2/28

Medicare and Medicaid:  Funding Health Care for the Aged  (Mid-Term Exam Distributed)

Schulz/Binstock, 8; Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 7; Hooyman/Kiyak, 3-6, 17

3/14
The Older Americans Act:  Community Based Social Services and Programs for the Elderly (Mid-Term Exam Due)
Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 2


Other Programs and Services
 

Date

Topic

Reading

3/21

Information and Referral/Senior Centers and Adult Day Care

Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 3 & 4

3/28
Volunteerism and Civic Engagement/Housing and Living Arrangements

Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 6 & 8

4/4

Family and Caregiver Support/Transportation Services

Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 9 & 10

4/11

Legal and Justice Services/Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Services

Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 11 & 12

4/18

Education and Life-Long Learning/Miscellaneous Programs and Services (Final Exam Distrubuted)

Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 13 & 14


 Conclusion

Date

Topic

Reading

4/25

Politics, Policy and the Future of Aging

Niles-Yokum/Wagner, 15; Schulz/Binstock 9 & 10

5/2

Concluding Comments (Final Exam Due)