Skills for Healthy Aging Resources and Programs (SHARP) Certificate of Specialization

As Baby Boomers age, and as they continue to represent a growing percentage of the U.S. population aged 65 and older, the nation faces an increasing use of social services. The biggest use being medical treatment and hospitalization. However, with proper education and training, older adults can effectively decrease their risks of many common injuries and increase their quality of life. Evidence Based Health Promotion (EBHP) is gaining greater recognition among health care professionals working with older adults as a research based model supporting evidence of how, with proper training and education, older adults can decrease the probability of suffering the negative effects of common health risks and increase their chance of aging healthy. Integrating the documented techniques and procedures of EBHP, the SHARP Certificate will provide an intensive semester length program to train individuals as EBHP group facilitators who can teach older adult populations in home or organizational/agency settings the skills necessary to age healthy
Student Learning Outcome
Compare and contrast principles, theories, and methods incorporated in Evidence Based Health Promotion (EBHP) programs.
Demonstrate applied techniques associated with maintaining healthy aging among older adults.
Design and implement an EBHP activity plan for older adults.