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Center for Study of Aging offers two new programs

November 24, 2008

The Center for the Study of Aging at McDaniel College is offering two non-academic programs in Gerontology that are geared toward people working at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, government agencies serving older adults, and other individuals who work or volunteer with senior citizens.

The programs, Gerontology Specialist and Senior Gerontology Specialist, meet on six Wednesdays beginning Jan. 7, 2009.

The Gerontology Specialist program is geared to individuals who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and are caring for older adults, employed by an establishment frequented by older adults, or have a desire to learn more about our aging society. The program offers participants professional and personal knowledge regarding the process of aging from a bio-psycho-social perspective.

The Gerontology Specialist program is aimed at reducing staff turnover; improving attitudes toward the older population; improving employee morale and compassion toward elders; improving communication between service-related employees and older adults; and improving understanding of the physical, cognitive and emotional challenges of aging.

The Gerontology Specialist program will meet 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays on campus and costs $85 per person, which includes a $10 nonrefundable enrollment fee.

The Senior Gerontology Specialist program is designed for individuals with a high school education or equivalent, with an associate’s degree or credits towards such a degree and/or individuals with earned credits towards a bachelor’s degree. The coursework offers participants professional and personal knowledge regarding the process of aging from a bio-psycho-social perspective.

The program is aimed at helping participants understand the needs and wants of one of the fastest-growing segments of society, the population of adults over age 60; improve attitudes toward the older population; improve compassion toward elders; improve communication between service-related employees and older adults; and more fully understand the physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges of aging.

The Senior Gerontology Specialist program will meet 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays on campus and costs $150 per person, which includes a $10 nonrefundable enrollment fee.

Registration can be completed online at www.mcdaniel.edu/csa or returned by fax ( 410-857-2515) or by mail to Larry Hoffman, The Center for the Study of Aging, McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD, 21157.

 
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