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Printed Version - $225

Online Access - $225

Foundations of Gerontology

  • Premier Product - Online access for this course is 18 weeks. After you purchase a Premier course, you will receive your online ID and password via email within two business days.
  • Academic Support (Available for Premier Product Only) - If you purchase the additional Academic Support for this course you will receive 18 weeks of support.
Foundations of Gerontology covers material normally taught in a one-semester introductory course in gerontology at the undergraduate level.

The examination tests for knowledge and understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. It measures the ability to describe, understand, and analyze issues pertaining to the functioning and well-being of the elderly. In addition to a knowledge base, you will be expected to have an awareness of the needs and realities involved in the aging process. Emphasis is placed on both the normal aspects of aging and the problems associated with aging.

Topics covered include:
  • Important Concepts of Gerontology
    • Definition of gerontology
    • Definitions of aging
    • Variables involved in the aging process
    • Ageism
    • Research issues

  • Demography of Aging
    • Population age structure
    • Description of the older population and comparison across age groups
    • Sources of variation within the older population

  • Biology and Physical Health
    • General considerations
    • Age changes
    • Theories of aging
    • Factors affecting aging
    • General concepts of health
    • Causes of illness and death among older people
    • Psychosocial effects of illness
    • Health care
    • Institutional care

  • Psychology and Mental Health
    • Cognitive functioning in later life
    • Personality
    • Measures of well-being
    • Mental health and aging

  • Sociology
    • Social context for aging
    • Sources of variation of in aging
    • Housing and community context
    • Family roles and relationships in later adulthood
    • Other roles and activities

  • Economics, Work, and Retirement
    • Income
    • Consumer patterns
    • Work
    • Retirement

  • Political Behavior and Public Policy
    • Political participation
    • Older adult movements
    • Policies and programs
    • Contemporary policy issues

  • Death and Dying
    • Issues concerning death and dying
    • Responses to death and dying
    • Care for the dying
    • Bereavement
    • Multicultural perspectives on death and dying

(Taken from “Excelsior College Examination Content Guide for Foundations of Gerontology,” Excelsior College Examinations.)

*Important - Please be sure to order the correct required textbook(s) for the type of product that you would like (Traditional, Advanced or Premier)

The required textbook(s) for the Advanced and Premier Course are listed below.

  • Gerontology Package for IAS

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Social Forces and Aging 10th edition   
       by Atchley, Robert C. / Barusch, Amanda S. - Thomson Wadsworth, 2004
    ISBN 9780-534-53694-7