Odyssey: Psychology of Aging

Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past century and the proportion of Americans over the age of 65 is higher than it has ever been. Taking a developmental psychology approach, this course will examine the unique changes and challenges of growing older. With a focus on the psychological, physical, and social factors that evolve with increasing age, we will explore changes in cognition, personality, emotion, and lifestyle in the context of healthy aging. We will also consider how age-related diseases can change the course of successful aging. Lastly, we will study psychological adjustments to common themes in later life such as retirement, loss of friends or spouses, loneliness, and end of life concerns about death and dying.

No required text, but chapters and articles will be distributed throughout the course.

916.202.01 Homewood campus
Wednesdays, Sept. 25 to Dec. 4, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. (no class Nov. 27)
Cost: $350 (10 sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission; spouses for 50 percent remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more details.