Study Guide Specifications
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This Study Guide covers the foundational subject matter necessary to an understanding of gerontology. It introduces the topic including definitions and demographic data; biological, psychological, social, and civic consequences of aging; and dying and bereavement. Successful completion of this Study Guide is requisite to further study of gerontology. Understanding concepts, terms, and definitions presented herein will also support study in other disciplines, particularly in several of the social sciences.
This Study Guide contains eight units of material. These units embody the full spectrum of the foundations of gerontology.
The unit on Introduction to Gerontology will address the definition of gerontology, aging and ageism, the aging process, and selected research methodologies. The unit on Gerontological Demographics covers demographics and characteristics of the older population. Biological Consequences of Aging contains general health considerations and concepts, the impact of age on the body, theories of the causes of aging, causes of health decline and death, the social impact of health decline, and health promotion and care. Psychological Consequences of Aging addresses cognitive abilities, personality changes, and mental health of the aged. Sociological Consequences of Aging includes the social perspective for aging, sociological history of aging, housing for the aged, crime, family social support, sex and the aged, and opportunities for the elderly. Productivity Consequences of Aging covers money matters, employment, and retirement. The unit on Civic Consequences of Aging focuses on political and organizational involvement, governmental issues and support, non-public support and policy debates. The last unit, Dying and Bereavement, deals with issues relevant to dying, caregiving, and bereavement.
There are two practice exercises following each unit. For the first, space is provided to write the answers. A second (multiple choice) practice exercise is included followed by an answer key. Following the final unit, there is a comprehensive multiple-choice final examination. An answer key is provided.