Currently, about one in eight Americans is 65 or older. By 2030, the older adult population is expected to grow to 20 percent of the population. This is a worldwide trend that has created a demand for professionals trained to understand the unique needs of older adults. This certificate will provide the knowledge and skills to help improve the quality of life for older adults. The certificate program is ideal for professionals currently working with older adults who desire additional knowledge and skills and those who are interested in joining this diverse field. The certificate is also ideal for students pursuing a degree in human development who would like to specialize in gerontology. Students in other academic areas who plan to work with older adults should consider earning the certificate. Potential benefits of the program include:
Class sessions are held the third Thursday of each month from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Because we will have a working lunch, please bring your own lunch or you may purchase one onsite for about $7. There is an online component (approximately two hours a month) to this course, so you will need to have access to a computer and the internet. Basic computer skills, internet access and textbook required.
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Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Teaching Methodology and Assessment: Method of delivery includes class discussion, lecture, guest speakers, and open book quizzes. Students complete an applied project developed with the approval of both the chief administrator in the workplace and the course facilitator.
Criteria for Successful Completion: At a minimum, for a Clayton State University Continuing Education Certificate and CEUs: 80% attendance, active participation and a completed evaluation for the course. In addition, quizzes will be administered and graded to assess the student's ability. A passing grade of 75% on each is required. A satisfactory final project must be submitted and presented also.
Amount of contact time (in hours) needed to effectively teach this course: 54 classroom hours + 14 hours outside of the classroom = 68 total hours
Lois J. Ricci, GNP, EdD is a geriatric nurse practitioner/educator and consultant. She holds masters degrees in gerontology and nursing education and a doctorate in adult education.
She has worked in the field of aging for over thirty five years in both the hospital and academic settings. Lois was the interventionist on the Tai chi/ Education study at Emory University, an NIH/NIA grant for reducing falls in the frail elderly population. She was the education coordinator for the Emory University Center for Health in Aging until its closing in Feb. 2007.
With colleagues, she designed a Peer Training Program for Adults for the Center for Health in Aging to train older adults to be facilitators for Exercise programs, CPR, and any program that requires assistance for the participants. She coordinated and presented education programs for Emory and Mercer Senior Universities in the Atlanta area and promotes positive aging through community education programs.
She and a colleague started a not-for-profit Home Health Care/ Adult Day Care Service in up state New York 20 years ago and continued to serve on the board and produce educational materials for the annual in-service fair until 2007.
Lois worked with the AARP, Department of Technical and Adult Education, Lifespan Resources, Mercer Senior University and Atlanta Regional Commission to develop a career tract for people in minority populations who want to become nursing assistants and in developing continuing education programs for Certified Nursing Assistants and professionals in the field of aging. She has designed educational programs for several senior living facilities and adult programs in metropolitan Atlanta and worked on the Georgia Geriatric Education Center grant project at the Institute of Gerontology.
Lois was an adjunct instructor at Gwinnett Technical College where she taught Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, and Medical Terminology. She is a consultant with the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia and with the continuing education department at Kennesaw State University where she teaches segments of the Professional Development in Gerontology Certificate Class.
Basic computer skills, internet access and textbook required.
This course is intended for individuals who are administrators or staff working with older adults and for those who aspire to work in the field of aging.
There is an online component (approximately two hours a month) to this course, so you will need to have access to a computer and the internet. Required textbook: Novak, M. (2008) Issues in Aging. 2nd Edition, Boston: Allyn and Bacon, ISBN 978-0-205-57869-6