The Aging Process: Putting Myths into Context
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3395
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- Cultural Studies
With increasing longevity, questions and concerns around the process of aging are increasing. A number of myths surround the aging process, many of which create fear regarding the unknown. In this course, we explore the aging process as it affects the individual, family and friends, and society at large, taking into account how certain relevant factors are not widely understood or discussed. We shed light on some of these myths by examining the aging process from psychological, sociological, human developmental, biological, and cultural perspectives. We ask questions about self and personality, intelligence, knowledge, creativity and wisdom, societal involvement, work and retirement, friendships and family, sexuality, end-of-life issues, and ethical considerations. The ultimate goal is for students to better understand and define for themselves what "successful" aging means.