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Life HACC: Health Aging Crash Course

Department: Public Health 

Instructor: Aryana Pazargadi & Florence Wu
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Dates: July 7 - July 27
Schedule: 9am - 4pm (Lunch from 11:30am - 1:30pm)

Location: TBD
Room: TBD

Course Description

Students are invited to take a glance into the future through this introductory course on the aging process of humans.This class aims to build a basic understanding of the human lifespan, stages of life, and the adversities and strengths of stage. The course begins with a review of the biological basis of aging and addressing common experiences and stigmas with regard to aging. The course will also teach and discuss the role of differences in race, culture, mental health, and socioeconomic status with regard to aging. The course explores evidence-based practices for promoting healthy aging, including physical activity, nutrition, and stress reduction. Students will also learn about the role of caregivers, community resources, and health care systems in promoting wellness in the elderly. Through case studies, group discussions, and experiential learning activities, students will develop skills in communication, problem-solving, and decision-making related to the understanding and promotion of healthy aging.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will possess fundamental comprehension of the various elements of the healthcare system that are pertinent to elderly individuals, such as medication utilization, long-term care, and healthcare regulations. Furthermore, they will have the capability to implement their knowledge and skills in fundamental concepts that are significant for both living and working with the elderly. Finally, the course intends to instill a sense of respect and recognition for the multifaceted and interdisciplinary nature of aging, along with associated ethical matters.

Course Topics

  • The Future at a Glance
    • The different stages of human development and lifespan
    • Biological basis and science of aging
    • Myths versus truths about the aging process in humans
  • Changes in the Mind and Body
    • Trends in illness, injury, and mental health
    • Health behaviors associated with healthy aging
    • Disease prevention methods
  • Social Determinants of Healthy Aging
    • Aging in Minority Populations
    • The role of social isolation versus social support
    • Built environment and aging
  • Applications of Healthy Aging Science
    • Health policies and medical care for elderly in the U.S.
    • Available Therapies: The role of medication and biotechnology
    • What comes after? A brief overview of mortality, grief, and life legacy




*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.