Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GRN 175
Course Title:
The Aging Mind
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Course Description

Explores the convergence of gerontology and recent brain science. Presents novel and combinatorial interventions based on recent research on aging brains. Introduces the emerging array of sustainable approaches to engage, stimulate, and enhance older minds. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The course is a Program Elective for the AAS in Gerontology and the Gerontology Certificate. It is required for students earning the Advanced Behavioral & Cognitive Care Certificate.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Successful students will be able to:

  • Apply recent research on aging brains to enhance their own learning.
  • Translate, combine, and apply recent research on aging brains to engage, stimulate, and enhance older minds in their work in aging services, life enrichment, adult education, and care settings.
  • Stay current as new research on aging brains emerges.

Course Activities and Design

Web-based, D2L with ten modules plus two live lecture, discussion, and interactive 2.5 hour sessions that will be recorded during the third and sixth module week.  Students may elect to attend the live session or to view the recordings of the sessions that will be available to registered students.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A variety of assessments will be used, including

  • Personal 7-Day Brain Health Assessment and Reassessment Process
  • Brain Health Lexicons
  • Discussion-Forum submissions
  • Dropbox Assignments
  • Accessing Emerging Brain Research Assignment
  • Applying Brain Health Knowledge Final Paper Assignment

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Longevity and The New Age of Aging
  2. The Golden Age of Brain Science - Why Now?
  3. Employing General Brain Health Assessments
  4. Minimizing Risk Factors while Enhancing Protective Factors
  5. The Six Essential CogWheels of Brain Health
  6. Understanding Comprehensive Cognitive Wellness Strategies
  7. Applying brain health knowledge.