DPT 771: The Psychology of Aging

Course Description A survey of major topics regarding the psychology of aging, this course takes a biopsychosocial approach to understanding human experience and behavior. Areas of focus include memory and cognition, sensation and perception, personality, emotion, physical and emotional health, spirituality, life transitions, and the older adult's social and cultural environments. Focus is on those aspects of aging that are of particular interest to physical therapists, namely, health/illness, psychopathology and clinical intervention. The course integrates important clinical issues such as psychological manifestations of physical diseases/ illnesses/functional limitations and disabilities, with an overview of theories of change, behavior modification theory, and motivation. Individual and social/cultural factors, e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, health and socioeconomic status, influence the experience of aging. Students gain an understanding of how these factors influence the older adult's experience of life and its transitions.
Credits 2