The Aging Experience: Theoretical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues

SSW HB 756

We are living longer. Population aging is one of the most important determinants of global health. Yet, there is tremendous variation in how we experience aging in the U.S. and across the globe. To examine the contemporary contours of aging and health, this course draws on theories and perspectives from sociology, demography, social work, and public health and probes: How do we think about aging? What does it mean when we talk about promoting "healthy aging?" and How is the aging experience shaped by the current social, economic, and political climate? Specific consideration is given to heterogeneity of the U.S. population in the areas of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, social class, sexual orientation and identity, religion, and disability. We will look at the factors contributing to the different opportunities and challenges experienced by some persons and populations as they age.

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