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400. Perspectives on Gerontology (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Multidisciplinary study of middle age and aging. Includes physiological, psychological, political, economic and sociological aspects. Effects of culture and environment on aging; history and demographics; health issues.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecturer-discussion, 3 hours.)

401. Human Aging (3)

Prerequisite: GERN 400 or equivalent and upper division standing or consent of instructor.
For non-science majors, presents the biochemical, genetic, and physiological theories of normal aging, and common pathologies distinguished from expected changes with aging .Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common diseases are presented as well as current research on human aging.
Letter grade only (A-F) (Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

420./520. Personal Finance for the Aging (3)

Prerequisites: 400-level course in Consumer Affairs or consent of instructor.
Personal finance as applied to the aging population.
Same course as CAFF 420. Not open for credit to students with credit in CAFF 420. (Lecture-discussion 3 hrs)

430./530. Aging and Dementia (3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400, HDEV 357 or PSY 365, or graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
An examination of physiological, psychological, social and economic aspects of dementia and its impact on the individual, the family and society. Community resources, current research and policy issues are included, with a particular emphasis on Alzheimer's disease.

439./539. Nutrition and Aging (3)

Prerequisites: NUTR 132 or BIOL 207 or BIOL 301 or GERN 400 or consent of instructor.
Nutritional needs as related to physiological changes that occur during aging. Factors that influence food intake and nutritional status of the elderly. Diet adaptation for chronic diseases commonly found in older adults.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as NUTR 439. Not open for credit to students with credit in NUTR 439.

440. End of Life Issues for Older Adults and Their Families (3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
Multidisciplinary approaches to death/dying in the context of the biopsychosocial model. Explores cross-cultural perspectives, the funeral industry, advanced planning, ethics, hospice, suicide, euthanasia, and grief.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

469./569. Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Intervention (3)

Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing.
Disability as a social construct. Examines policies and practices to understand the experience of disability. Includes historical and contemporary perspectives as well as future issues. Emphasis on social and clinical intervention methods as well as programs and resources.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as REC 469. Not open for credit to students with credit in REC 469 or SW 469.

474. Global Aging (3)

Prerequisite: GERN 400.
Course Description: Examines aspects of individual and societal aging around the world, including demography of aging, cultural perspectives, work and retirement, social welfare, health care, morbidity and mortality, long term care, caregiving, and death and dying.
Not open for credit to students with credit in GERN 574. (Lecture-activity 3 units)

482. Health Assessment of the Aging Client (3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400 or equivalent and upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Assessment of the physical, psychological and social status of the aging client as they affect health and well-being. Focuses on working with aging clients in a variety of settings to identify actual or potential health-related problems using various techniques.
Same course as NRSG 482. Not open for credit to students with credit in NRSG 482. (Lecture-discussion, 3 hours) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

492G. Internship in Gerontology (3)

Prerequisites: Student must be a Gerontology Minor candidate; have senior standing; have a 2.5 overall GPA or a 3.0 major GPA; approval of the Gerontology Minor Coordinator; and GERN 400; ANTH 454; PSY 365 or HDEV 357. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A course in which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grader lower than a "C" may proceed with other courses with approval of the Area Coordinator.
Field experience in which student assumes a preprofessional role in a professional setting. Objectives developed by student with supervisor must be approved by major advisor and form the basis for evaluation.
May be repeated for 6 units maximum. Same course as FCS 492G. Not open for credit to students with credit in FCS 492G (Seminar 3 hours)

497. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400, ANTH 454, PSY 365, or HDEV 357, upper-division standing and consent of program director.
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Exploration and experience supplementing and/or complementing regular courses.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

499. Selected Topics in Gerontology (1-3)

Group investigation of topics of current interest in gerontology.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

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