This course is an in-depth exploration of the current social issues concerning older adults in U.S. society. Students will examine the social needs which confront all older people and those needs of particular sub-groups of the older population such as the frail elderly, women, and minorities. Emphasis will be placed on reviewing the legislation which has led to the creation of programs and services for meeting the needs of older adults and on analyzing the system of services to detect areas of unmet needs, such as the need for "long-term care." Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of techniques of advocacy which can be used on behalf of and in concert with older persons. This course is open to all majors.
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