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NC.OAD-020 - Current Events and Issues Impacting Older Adults - Minoo Pakgohar

Course:Current Events and Issues Impacting Older Adults
Professor:Minoo Pakgohar
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Minoo Pakgohar

My name is Minoo Pakgohar and I will be your instructor for Current Events and Issues Impacting Older Adults NC.OAD-020. Continuous community engagement with age is at utmost importance for us. You will learn how to improve communication and critical thinking skills in this class. My goal is to help all of you to prevent social isolation by improving your communication skills. 

Thank you for selecting Current Events and Issues Impacting Older Adults. I look forward to working with all of you.

Yours truly,

Minoo Pakgohar, Ph.D.

Course Description

This course analyzes and discusses current events and issues impacting older adults with an emphasis on improving communication and critical thinking skills.


What to Expect in this Course

This is a remote class and through zoom meetings there will be no campus visits. All of your submitted work (discussions, quizzes) will be completed through Canvas. Digital information for this course will be accessed via Canvas at beginning the first day of class. I will send an email to the class one week prior to the start date with additional information. Only participants registered in this course will be able to log in to Canvas to access the course content. You can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.

Types of Assessments

Self-assessment through online meetings.


Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

There are no required textbooks for this course. National Institute on Aging is a good source for getting more information.  

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

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Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 08/29/2022 Sub#: 579