​​​​​​​New Online Course Parses America’s Aging Society

America’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate. Are you and your peers ready to respond to the challenges of this demographic shift?

Advanced Concepts in an Aging Society” is the newest course in the joint certificate online course series offered by ASA and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. This five-week course (along with the others in the series), is taught by USC professors and runs August 26–September 27, 2019. Tuition is $500 for ASA members and $650 for non-members (nonmember fee includes a one year ASA Green membership). Participants who complete the course will earn a Certificate of Completion and can earn 10 CE credits from select accreditation providers.

Learn more and register here.

Weeks 1 and 2: Demography, Epidemiology of Aging and Aging Policy

Week one curricula focuses on the demographics of an aging population; the epidemiology of aging; mortality, disease status, comorbidity, disability and chronic disease; identifies the top 10 chronic diseases associated with aging; and analyzes societal impacts of aging including which health and social policy responses will be required in the future.

Week two coursework concentrates on how America will support its aging baby boomers. Students explore issues surrounding retirement; immigration and its impacts on the workforce; and pension programs and taxation. Discussions address wealth distribution within the baby boom generation, reflect on how our nation might understand and stanch the widening wealth gap, identify policies and programs that the United States might enact to mitigate accumulated disadvantage and foster an understanding of ongoing and future reforms to the U.S. healthcare system.

Weeks 3 and 4: Aging and Older Workers and Age-Friendly Communities

The focus of week three is aging in the workplace. Participants learn to evaluate the economic and psychosocial needs for older adults to continue working past age 65; the economic and social factors affecting older adults’ decisions to remain in the workforce; the types of industries that will benefit from older workers; ageism, stereotyping and prejudice toward elders; and the rights of workers through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; plus identify the benefits of an intergenerational workforce.

Week four showcases age-friendly cities and communities. Students learn what defines an age-friendly city, which programs and services are necessary to contribute to the age-friendly concept and identify the roles professionals play in providing for the health and social services of older adults in a community setting. Curricula focuses on housing issues (and public response), transportation, access to and continuum of care, nutrition and the impacts of existing federal programs and the role of local policies on older adults.

The Wrap: America’s Future as an Aging—and Diverse—Society

The final week posits what to expect in the future for America’s aging society, and includes curricula on the diversity of our nation and how to demonstrate cultural competencies when working with various diverse populations. Students explore the experiences of diverse population groups as they age, learning from people who come originally from various nations, backgrounds and ethnicities. Students also analyze inequality in the aging experience, evaluate the role of gender in aging and the LGBTQI experience, learn about older immigrants and refugees and their experiences of aging and identify differences between multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural communities.