GERO Course Listing

Economics of Aging (GERO 390, 3 Credits)

Recommended: GERO 100 and ECON 201 (or ECON 203). A comprehensive study of the sources of economic security for older adults, the problems encountered in retirement, and the impact of an aging population on the nation's economy. The goal is to outline the key sources of economic security received by older adults (including Social Security, pensions, personal savings, Medicare, and Medicaid); examine how economic security varies by race, ethnicity, gender, and social status as people age; evaluate how longevity and the "graying" of society impact the nation's economy; and explore potential solutions to the problems posed by entitlement programs. Topics include retirement planning; financing longevity; health, disability, and long-term-care costs; economic disparities by social group; and the international economics of aging.

Culture and Aging (GERO 427, 3 Credits)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in behavioral and social sciences.) Recommended: GERO 100. An interdisciplinary examination of how different cultures interpret and deal with aging and the life cycle. Focus is on the increasingly heterogeneous aging population in the United States. The goal is to raise critical awareness of how aging is experienced across cultures. Topics include cross-cultural theory and research on aging; global demographics of aging; cross-cultural perspectives of norms and values regarding work, family, and community roles for older adults; the social and economic status of older adults; intergenerational relationships; ethical caregiving; end-of-life issues; social services; and social policy. Health disparities among older adults of certain ethnicities within the United States are also addressed. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GERO 327, GERO 410, or GERO 427.