GERONTOLOGY

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

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:

Students will be able to compare and contrast principles, theories, and methods incorporated in Evidence Based Health Promotion (EBHP) programs and demonstrate applied techniques associated with maintaining healthy aging among older adults. Design and implement an EBHP activity plan for older adults.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 12
 

    Units
GERO-101 Introduction to Healthy Aging 3.0
GERO-102 Health Promotion: Behavior Change Theories and Practices 3.0
GERO-103 Health Promotion: Program Implementation 3.0
GERO-104 Health Promotion: Fieldwork Practicum 2.0
     
Plus a minimum of one unit from the following:  
     
CWE-188GERO Cooperative Work Experience Education 1.0 - 4.0


GERO 101 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHY AGING
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the biological, psychological, and social issues associated with the aging process and reviews aspects of healthy aging among older adults.


GERO 102 HEALTH PROMOTION: BEHAVIOR CHANGE THEORIES AND PRACTICES
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Co-requisite: GERO-101

Examines behavior change, processes, and motivational theories, as well as negotiation and motivational interview techniques, group dynamics, and communication skills among older adults.


GERO 103 HEALTH PROMOTION: PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: GERO-101 Co-requisite: GERO-104

Introduces specific Evidence Based Health Promotion (EBHP) programs for older adults that address issues of chronic disease self-management, physical activity, falls prevention, depression care management, and medication management while discussing program instruction and administration.


GERO 104 HEALTH PROMOTION: FIELDWORK PRACTICUM
Units: 2.00
CSU 36.00 hours lecture
Co-requisite: GERO-103 and Cooperative Work Experience

Capstone course to the Skills for Healthy Aging Resources and Programs (SHARP) Certificate by employing fieldwork methodology and program skills in an Evidence Based Health Promotion (EBHP) setting working with older adults.


Planned Course Offerings 2011-2013

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