Apr 15, 2024  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 350 - Aging, Spirituality, and Senior Health Care

Grounded in a Judeo Christian foundation, this course provides a medical humanities perspective on aging. We will explore writings and research on aging, spirituality, and senior healthcare, written from diverse disciplines and faith backgrounds. Based upon a life span developmental model, we will apply an exploration of the aging process that is both integrative and interdisciplinary. This course does not contribute towards the Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies, but may be taken as a general elective.

Prerequisites & Notes

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: 4 Units
  • Interactivity: Discussion Board
  • Final Assessment: Final Research Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Describe key demographic characteristics of older adults which may impact the field of Senior Healthcare;
  • Identify ways in which one’s spirituality may influence health behaviors and outcomes;
  • Recognize the biological, sociological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of aging;
  • Identity important cultural competencies needed to serve elder health consumers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Understand the spiritual challenges and opportunities of aging;
  • Respectfully integrate interfaith and cross-cultural views of seniors and caregivers;
  • Assess the impact of changes in the family life cycle and structure upon caregiving;
  • Describe key elements of a spiritual history and care program for older adults;
  • Understand ethical issues that surround end of life care;
  • Apply the principles of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services to senior care;
  • Identify ways in which senior healthcare systems also may serve as spiritual care communities.

Credits: 3

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