Odyssey: Psychology of Aging

The world's population over the age of 60 is expected to reach approximately 2 billion over the next three decades. As age is the main risk factor for several diseases, understanding what happens as one ages and how to prevent and/or identify earlier biomarkers of the transition from healthy to unhealthy aging is important for personal and societal well-being. This course will examine biological, psychological, social, and culture aspects of aging. With a focus on biological and psychological factors, we will explore changes in cognition, personality, emotion, and decision making in the context of healthy aging. We will also consider how age-associated diseases affect these processes and alter the trajectory of healthy aging.

Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, students will:

  • Have a systems-level understanding of the biology of aging
  • Know key factors associated to the increased susceptibility to versus resilience from age-related diseases
  • Understand the psychological and social processes of normal aging
  • Be able to explain the effects of aging on decision making

916.202.01 via Zoom Wednesdays, Sept. 16 to Nov. 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $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 bhebron@jhu.ed for more details.