Admissions Information
Application and any transcripts are to be submitted directly to:
The Graduate School Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5667 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5667
Fax (734) 432-5862
Email: grad@madonna.edu

Plan of Study

Gerontology Minor
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Gerontology Minor


   Minor Courses (20 cr. to be chosen)

      AGE 1070   Introduction to the Aging Experience 3 cr.  Never before in human history have so many people lived into old age. This aging population impacts the aging individual, families, communities, and social policy. An overview of the field of aging, with attention to the cultural, social, psychological, and economic factors which influence the life of the older adult. 

      Minor electives (17 cr. to be chosen)

         AGE 2010   Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (AGE*/PSY) 1 cr.  An overview of Alzheimer's disease and other causes of dementia in older adults. Topics include diagnosis and current approaches to managing these diseases. Course must precede AGE 3460. 
         AGE 2240   Supporting Family Caregivers 2 cr.  An overview of the informal and formal resources available to the caregiver responsible for the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of an aged family member. 
         AGE 2300   Programs and Services for Older Adults 3 cr.  Focus on the continuum of care. Lectures by practitioners in gerontology on the range of programs, services, and resources available for older adults and family caregivers. 
         AGE 3020   Program Development for Adult Education and Events (AGE*/EDU) 3 cr.  Prepares students to design programs that respond to the learning potential and learning needs of older adults. Application of a comprehensive planning methodology which includes needs assessment, marketing, budgeting, optimal learning environment, learning objectives, lesson plans, and delivery strategies. 
         AGE 3030   Spirituality of Aging (AGE*/RST) 1 cr.  Explores the spiritual tasks of the later years with an emphasis on integrating an understanding of those tasks into the practitioner's own journey of aging and into their professional work with older adults. 
         AGE 3070   Psychology of Midlife and Aging (AGE*/PSY) 3 cr.  What does it really mean to be a grown up? Examine adult psychological development from midlife to later years, including behavior and coping strategies as well as the cognitive, personality, and intellectual changes that occur with aging. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
         AGE 3100   Enriching Life in Later Years 3 cr.  Exploration of strategies to identify meaningful pursuits in later life and methods of facilitating life enrichment in a variety of settings with individuals of all levels of ability. Students apply concepts, theories, resources, engagement strategies, and standards of practice for successful activity programs. 
         AGE 3150   How and Why the Body Ages 3 cr.  Study processes that affect normal aging of the human body, as well as age-related chronic diseases. Examination of strategies that contribute to health and vitality into later life. Focus on life choices through the life span to promote positive responses to physical aging. 
         AGE 3460   Addressing Behavior Changes in Dementia (AGE*/PSY) 2 cr.  Explores the causes of challenging behaviors in people with dementia and discusses strategies for addressing these behaviors. Prerequisite: AGE 2010. 
         AGE 3500   Mental Health and the Older Adult 3 cr.  Basic engagement skills for working with older adults. Information and interventions related to common mental health issues in older people. Practice in empathic listening, basic interviewing, and problem-solving skills. Symptoms of some common mental health problems and strategies to obtain help for older individuals with those problems. Includes an academic service-learning experience. 
         AGE 3700   Legal Issues for Older Adults 3 cr.  An overview of legal issues typically encountered by people in their later years with emphasis on laws and policies affecting management of their care, substitute decision making, public benefits, and medical treatment issues. 
         AGE 3850   Documentation and Assessment 3 cr.  An overview of documentation and assessment in the field of human services with a strong emphasis on the practice of gerontology. Content includes the biopsychosocial assessment, behaviorally-specific care planning, care management, care path design, and other documentation required in settings that serve older adults. 
         AGE 3900   Care Management for Older Adults 3 cr.  The theory and practice of care management. Content includes the five core functions, development of comprehensive care plans, monitoring of the client's progress toward achieving intervention goals, and discussion of ethical practice standards. The role of diversity, client rights, and professional values in the practice of care management also addressed. 
         AGE 4010   Proposal Writing and Grant Administration (AGE*/EM/SOC) 3 cr.  Students will learn about the role of grants in agency funding and develop the basic skills needed to write a successful proposal to compete for funds from outside sources. Topics include: generating program ideas; researching funding sources; establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships; proposal planning and development; establishing and analyzing program metrics; administration, reporting, and accounting for funds and program deliverables. 
         AGE 4150   Societies and Aging 2 cr.  Globally, societies are facing rapidly aging populations. Examination of the social and cultural forces that impact the process of aging and the status and roles of older adults in world societies. The course analyzes: social factors, such as race, gender, and class, that influence aging; the integration of older adults into society; and the way in which population aging affects a society as a whole. 
         AGE 4250   Public Policy and Resources in Aging 2 cr.  Examination of public policies, legislation, and resources related to older people. Focus on the role of gerontology professionals in policy decision-making and the role of ethics. Analysis of structure and functions of service delivery systems and organizations. 
         AGE 4850   Gerontology Management 3 cr.  Examination of gerontology management techniques. Focus on basic principles of management as they relate to senior living and human services. 
         AGE 4870   Nursing Home Administration I 3 cr.  An overview of health, administrative, and leadership concerns in a nursing home. Topics include: Federal and State regulations in relation to public policy and leadership, pharmacology, infection control, nursing, quality assurance, insurances, and accounting and budgeting. 
         AGE 4880   Nursing Home Administration II 3 cr.  An overview of health, administrative, and leadership concerns in a nursing home. Topics include: Federal and State regulations in relation to life safety code, social services and activity therapy, dietary services, physical plant, and occupational safety and health; normal aging; and the legal environment of a licensed nursing home. 
         AS  3630   Addiction Studies: Older Adults (AS*/AGE) 1 cr.  The issues of chemical dependency and the older adult. Focus on assessment, psychosocial factors, treatment strategies, model program designs, and other community resources that address this high-risk client population. 
         NFS 2420   Nutrition for the Aging (AGE/NFS*) 2 cr.  Practical problems of meeting nutritional needs of older adults considering economic, physical, and psychological changes that occur with age. Study of agencies and programs concerned with meal delivery systems for the elderly. 
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