While medical technology has contributed markedly to longevity, it has at the same time dramatically altered the generational cycle. Children today play an increasingly important role in caring for their parents. Whereas biology, history, and society have traditionally decreed that parents take care of their children, not the other way around, today adult children are called upon more than ever to care for their parents, whom the illnesses of old age force into dependency. This course examines the physical, mental, and social changes accompanying aging and the powerful emotions these evoke in families; the interdependence and reciprocity of adult children and their aging parents; intergenerational transfers (e.g., finances, culture, values, knowledge); caregiving and the psychological and physical stress resulting from demands on time, space, and financial resources; assessment of families and caregivers; and interventions.
916.204.91 JH at Eastern
Fridays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1 hr. lunch break)
Cost: $210 (2 sessions)
JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission; spouses for 50 percent. You will be unable to register online and receive a discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more details.