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GERON 720 - Design for Aging in the Modern World

Credits: 3

This course will explore the dynamic process of aging and the role of the built environment in the, multidimensional as well as multi-spheral spaces of life-course occurring in the family, work, education, leisure as well as other domains and its relationship to the environment from a life-course perspective. The emphasis on aging and the environment will focus on how individuals and groups manage interactions associated with the social and physical settings. The course will develop students’ foundational knowledge in the theories of aging, environment and behavior, and the ecology of the aging process. These theories will be used as the basis to discuss and debate contemporary issues that confront an aging society. Three levels of the environment will be explored: the microenvironment including those products that people of all ages interact with on a daily basis; the meso (or middle) environment that includes residential and work settings that shape our relationships with family, friends, and associates, and lastly at the macro environment of our communities where people are connected to the larger social settings, services and supports that make up our cities and rural settings, both from a national and international perspective. Each of the sections covered will acknowledge how behavior is influenced by the environment and spans the life-cycle.

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UGE course

K-State 8

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