GERN 5600: Economic Issues for Older Adults
This course focuses on the economic issues relevant to middle-aged and older adults. The student examines topics related to pre-and post-retirement planning, such as financial planning, housing options, and legal concerns. Particular emphasis is placed on what gerontology specialists can do to assist middle-aged and older adults in facing later life transitions. The course includes an examination of the economic impact of the older adult on society.
Course Level Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this class students will:
- Identify and discuss key issues in pre-and post-retirement planning.
- Understand the social and economic issues that impact aging.
- Develop knowledge of Social Security and Medicare programs.
- Analyze legal issues and resources specific to baby boomers and older adults.
It is assumed the student has adequate writing and analytical skills. Also, as for all Internet courses, the student must be disciplined and self-motivated.
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The course will be conducted entirely online. Students are expected to participate in all course activities as assigned by the instructor. Extensive reading, weekly assignments, two examinations, and a research paper will be required.
For the research paper, Students will explore an economic issue for elders and complete a paper that is a minimum of 6 pages and a maximum of 8 pages. Your papers will be based on a literature review exploring an important economic issue for older adults. This paper is expected to be handed in on time, in the correct format, corrected for spelling and grammar, and referenced using current APA guidelines. A minimum of 4 references is required, not including your text. The required reference or bibliography page will be in addition to the minimum 6 pages.
Examinations questions will be drawn from reading assignments.
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This syllabus may be revised at the discretion of the instructor without prior notification or consent of the student.