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Aging Services is an introductory course designed for individuals looking to better support and understand our rapidly growing aging population. This course explores support systems, services and policy considerations designed to meet the needs of older adults. It covers essential topics such as the physical and mental changes associated with aging, common health issues in older adults, strategies for effective communication with seniors, and the importance of aging individuals to maintain well-being and quality of life. Whether you’re a healthcare professional, a family member, or someone interested in working in the field, this course is a valuable starting point for all.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify characteristics of older adults, assess demographic changes, describe shifts in population aging, recognize stereotypes and myths surrounding ageism, investigate common health disparities, evaluate programs and services, and explore workforce development and career options. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective support to aging individuals, enabling them to age with grace and maintain a high quality of life. This introductory online course serves as an ideal starting point for those eager to pursue careers in elder care or simply to become more compassionate and capable caregivers to their aging loved ones.
Course is 8 weeks long, entirely online, and self-paced.
Receive a personal advising session with an industry leader.
You will enhance your resume with critical skills.
Pathway 1: Enter the workforce quickly. Complete the Aging Services course and immediately enter the workforce.
Pathway 2: Continue your academic journey and earn an Aging Services Leadership Digital Badge.
Pathway 3: Continue your academic journey and earn an Aging Services Leadership Certificate. Roles include being an assistant activity director or other positions in senior communities.
Pathway 4: Continue your academic journey and earn a degree in Aging Services Leadership, which allows you to increase your earning potential. You can find a job as an Activity Director or other similar roles with seniors.
Pathway 5: Continue even further in your education with a Master’s in Health Administration and earn more money with a license from the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Board.
In this course, students explore support systems, services and policy considerations designed to meet the needs of older adults. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify characteristics of older adults, assess demographic changes, describe shifts in population aging, recognize stereotypes and myths surrounding ageism, investigate common health disparities, evaluate programs and services, and explore workforce development and career options.
The course is $395, with a $35 transaction fee per payment. There are no books to purchase.
Note: due to the course being self-paced, you can register up until March 1 and still complete the course by April 1.
Once you successfully complete the course about aging services, you can immediately enter the workforce with newly learned skills. You will receive a digital badge embedded with the competencies learned. You can include this badge on your resume, LinkedIn page, portfolio, or share it with an employer. Students will also receive a certificate of completion.
Students can also convert the course to three credits and continue to an MSU Denver certificate or degree. See FAQs for more information.
Students will learn:
Amy Dore, DHA, is a professor of health care management at Metropolitan State University of Denver teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Health Professions. For more than 21 years Dore has taught courses in health disparities, human resources, practice management, research and leadership. Her expertise includes long term care/aging services, health disparities and workforce development.
Dore’s research interests are varied and include aging services, senior and caregiver health, rural health and diversity issues as well as student competency assessment and outcomes. During her academic career Dore authored and co-authored several case study responses, book chapters and original case studies. She is co-author of the textbook Cultural Learning in Healthcare: Recognizing and Navigating Difference.
Dore received her Doctor of Health Administration from Central Michigan University in 2009 and received her master’s degree in health care administration/management from the University of Denver in 2001. She received her bachelor’s in health care administration/management from the Metropolitan State University in 1996.
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