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Courses with Gerontology Content

Department of Agricultural Education

AGED 4030 Principles of Adult/Extension Education
AGED 4150 Leadership of Volunteers

Department of Biological Sciences

BIOL 2030 Human Disease and Society

Department of Public Health Sciences

HLTH 2030 Overview of Health Care Systems
HLTH 4000 Resources for Aging Populations
HLTH 4300/6300 Health Promotion of the Aged

School of Nursing

NURS 3230 Multidisciplinary Approach to End-of-Life Care

Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism Management

PRTM 4160 Leisure and Aging

Department of Psychology

PSYCH 3400 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 3450 Adulthood and Aging

Department of Sociology

SOC 481/6810 Aging and Death


2017 Creative Inquiry Teams led by IEA Faculty Associates

Aging: a programmed or environmental stress induced process?

Yuqing Dong Biological Sciences
Min Cao Biological Sciences

As organisms age, their bodily functions and regulation mechanisms decline. This general decline contributes to several age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease (AD). One specific regulation mechanism that is decreased in AD patients is the ability to maintain normal levels of functioning proteins. This reduction in proteostasis can lead to the development of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. The plaques indicate that AD patients are unable to properly dissolve and fold many important proteins in their brains, therefore contributing to the symptoms of this disease. The CI project focuses on the regulatory function of edible nutritions on proteostasis. 

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Focused on the Impact of Cognitive Decline and Creation of a Wellness Environment

Kathleen Valentine School of Nursing
Anjali Joseph School of Architecture

The purpose of this Creative Inquiry is to use theories of human caring to explore experiences of aging across the lifespan and the impact of cognitive decline on individual/family and community. In addition, students will explore the environmental gaps and challenges in wellness care; examine the attributes of success for community-based wellness programs; develop collaboration with other disciplines and members of the community to co-create a Wellness Environment.   

Improving Quality of Life for Those with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers

Cheryl Dye, Public Health Sciences
Caitlin Torrence, Public Health Sciences

CI students will implement strategies to promote quality of life of those with dementia and their caregivers in community-based settings.  They will also provide education to healthy older adults about strategies to improve brain fitness. Students will become certified in Human Subjects Protection and will collect data to measure level of engagement of those with dementia in the socially and cognitively stimulating activities provided by fellow students.  Students will also assist the CI instructors in measuring changes in dementia family caregivers knowledge and attitudes regarding their care giving role.