January 9, 2003
INFORMATION: Sue Bozman or John McElwain, (661) 362-3415 or 3494
Students to Study Graying of America
If you are 25 now, what will your life be like in 40 years when you are 65? According to sociologists it will be dramatically affected by the phenomenon known as the graying of America.
Demographers estimate that a quarter of the U.S. population will be older than 65 in 40 years, said Patty Robinson, professor of sociology at College of the Canyons. Robinson explains that such a large percentage of older adults in the population will cause major changes in American culture, particularly in economics, marketing, consumerism, healthcare and many other areas.
Issues such as these are the topic of a course Robinson is teaching this spring at College of the Canyons. Called the Sociology of Aging (Sociology 233), the course meets 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Students in the class will become involved in field-study projects such as developing oral histories with older community members. Students can also become a part of the first-annual SCV Age Wave Expo, a campus event planned for May 3. The expo will offer a wide variety of presentations, activities and information, giving attendees strategies for successful living at any age.
Registration is now under way at College of the Canyons, and classes start on Jan. 21. For information on this class call (661) 362-3992. The section number is 29414. For registration information call the admissions office at (661) 362-3280. The spring schedule of classes also can be accessed on the colleges Web site.