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Aging and Health Online Bundle, 3 Courses

Explore the characteristics of the healthy aging brain, and examine how cognitive function can be maintained into old age


Explore the characteristics of the healthy aging brain, and examine how cognitive function can be maintained into old age

Certificate in Healthy Aging

(10 contact hours) As the population in the United States ages, there are many opportunities to learn how to work with seniors to support quality of life. In the Certificate in Healthy Aging certificate, you'll gain an overview of specific aspects of aging, including the impact of nutrition and physical activity on the aging process, physiologic changes in the healthy aging brain, and the role of intimacy and sexuality in healthy aging. This program is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field, those who are interested in the topic, those who are working with the aging population, or anyone who wishes to prepare for a career in aging services or gerontology.

Certificate in Gerontology

(25 contact hours) With the population aging at a rapid rate, the number of individuals over 65 will more than double by the year 2020. The demand for knowledgeable providers to meet the needs of this population is dramatically increasing. The Certificate in Gerontology represents a specialization in the field of gerontology. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health care professionals who work with the older adults.

Certificate in Brain Health

(10 contact hours) Can we program our brains for happiness? How do sleep quality and stress affect our mental and physical health? Can activities such as exercise, play, and even listening to music boost brain health? In this innovative certificate program, you'll gain insights into the amazing brain and explore how to support health and happiness through lifestyle choices that impact this remarkable organ. Based on recent scientific studies, this program is perfect for healthcare professionals or anyone who wants to better understand how supporting brain health can foster health, happiness, and wellbeing.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn Certificate in Aging and Health Online Courses in only 18 - 24 weeks
  • Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course I: Certificate in Healthy Aging

Lesson 01 - Nutrition and Healthy Aging
Increasing scientific, clinical, and social interest helps us understand the relationship between nutrition and aging. Eating well is essential in all stages of life but is especially important for maintaining good health and slowing the aging process in older adults: Nutrition influences the risk of contracting acute and chronic diseases and affects the physiological and biological processes of aging. Making healthy food choices also has social impacts, since healthy adults are more productive members of society and utilize fewer resources on multiple levels than unhealthy adults. The goal of this course is to identify the nutrient needs specific to the older adult, describe how age-related changes impact nutritional status, identify nutrition-related diseases common in older adults, describe the impact of food-borne illnesses on the health of aging adults, identify the United States' governmental MyPlate food guidelines, and describe the purpose of the Older Americans Nutrition Program (OANP).

Lesson 02 - The Healthy Aging Brain
The brain is the most complex part of the human body. People once believed that progressive mental decline was inevitable, but now we know that the brain's ability to age well varies from person to person and is affected by genetic predisposition, genes, life experiences, lifestyle, exposure to toxins and chemicals, accidents, trauma, and disease. Cognitive abilities do not automatically decline with age: the majority of older adults are happy; they live an active, optimistic life with many friends; and they engage in leisure-time activities that increase not only their quality of life but also their longevity and the health of their brains. The goal of this course is to identify the components of the brain and their functions; differentiate the current theories of neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and epigenetics; and discuss the effects of physical activity, nutrition, mental stimulation, socialization, creativity, attitude, spirituality, and meditation on the healthy aging brain.

Lesson 03 - Physical Activity and Healthy Aging
Physical activity is essential for healthy aging and well-being. Throughout life, engaging in enjoyable movement, such as walking, dancing, golfing, swimming, and cycling can increase the chances for health and vitality in later years. The goal of this course is to examine the physiological and psychological benefits of physical activity. Various types of physical activity, their health benefits, the factors of an effective exercise program, and the benefits of movement (walking, yoga, and tai chi) are described.

Lesson 04 - Centenarians: Keys to Longevity
Living to be 100 years old was once considered a rare occurrence, but with advancements in medicine and lifestyle changes, living to be 100 is not so improbable today. As a group, there are more centenarians worldwide than ever before, with the largest population found in America. Five places have been identified worldwide where people live the longest, healthiest lives. These "Blue Zones™" where people reach 100 years of age at significantly higher rates include the Barbagia region of Sardinia in Italy, Okinawa in Japan, the Adventists community of Loma Linda in California, the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, and the island of Ikaria in Greece. The people living in these places have achieved longevity through different paths and different cultures. The goal of this course is to describe the epidemiology and psychosocial dynamics of centenarians, examine genetic factors that contribute to longevity, and discuss the nine lessons learned from the Blue Zones.

Lesson 05 - Intimacy, Sexuality, and Healthy Aging
Loving and being loved are essential to maintaining a positive, healthy attitude. Quality of life is often related to affection and tenderness shared with loved ones. With a healthy self-esteem and a willingness to communicate with a partner, older adults can enjoy intimate relationships throughout their lives. The goal of this course is to examine the importance of intimacy and sexual needs, describe normal sexual changes in the aging adult, explain the pathological conditions affecting sexuality, and explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sexual issues as they relate to getting older.

 

Course II: Certificate in Gerontology

Lesson 01 - Introduction to Gerontology
Opportunities are unlimited for the individual who knows the field of gerontology. Demographic changes and changes in health care have influenced the development of a variety of gerontologic roles.

Lesson 02 - Physiology of Aging
There are more older adults in the United States than ever before in history, making this segment one of the fastest-growing portions of the population. The appropriate care of older adults requires health care providers to have a solid understanding of the physiologic changes that accompany aging.

Lesson 03 - Mental Health and Aging
This course will provide health care professionals with an overview of mental health and aging, including mental health wellness strategies, mental health disorders, cultural competence, cultural diversity, complementary and alternative medicine treatments, animal-assisted therapy and mental health, mental health resources, and trends in mental health and aging.

Lesson 04 - Healthy Aging
This course is designed to introduce the health professional to a broad, conceptually integrated perspective on the topic of healthy aging.

Lesson 05 - Pain Assessment and Management in the Older Adult
Pain is a symptom that signals distress in virtually every population and every age. To provide quality care to aging adults, health care providers must be particularly skilled at assessing pain, understanding misconceptions of pain management, addressing cultural issues in pain management, and providing effective pain therapies.

Lesson 06 - Death and Dying
What is grief? What are normal grief responses? What is involved in the final life transition—death? These are some of the questions that will be discussed in this course. The role of culture, palliative and hospice care, advance directives, and the role of spirituality in death and dying will be described. Interactions, healing strategies, and rituals that use the senses and bring comfort and peace for the dying will also be explored.

Lesson 07 - Sleep and Aging
Sleep is essential to a healthy, productive life. While sleep disorders and changes affect all of us as we age, older adults undergo many sleep-related changes that can affect their physical and psychological well-being.

Lesson 08 - The Older Woman
America is growing older and most older Americans are women. Today's older woman is part of a diverse group that varies in income, education level, health, functional abilities, living arrangements, and access to support services. Because women live longer than men, they face unique economic, social, and health challenges.

Lesson 09 - Elder Abuse
Older adults today are vibrant, independent, living longer, and in better health than their ancestors. However, as this growing population increases, so does the issue of caring for elderly individuals. Caregivers must often cope with stressful economic and personal burdens when caring for the elderly who pay the price for this stress and may be abused, exploited, or neglected.

Lesson 10 - Aging & Disorders of Communication
Communication links all human beings together. As individuals age, their ability to perceive information through their senses is often distorted or impaired. Age-related sensory changes impact the quality of life and the quality of communication. Aging adults must compensate for these changes and families must be sensitive to the often silent process of sensory deterioration in their aging family member.

Lesson 11 - Alzheimer's Disease: Mysteries and Possibilities
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a condition in which the concept of loss is central—the loss of one's memories, independence, ability to recognize loved ones, and dignity. Often referred to as "the long goodbye," AD is the most common type of dementia, affecting millions of Americans. It is responsible for billions of dollars annually in health care costs; however, new research is providing hope for those with Alzheimer's disease as well as for their families and caregivers.

 

Course III: Certificate in Brain Health

Lesson 01 - The Amazing Brain: Understanding the Basics
The brain is an amazing organ. Weighing approximately three pounds, and containing approximately 100 billion neurons, the brain controls all necessary functions of the body, receives and interprets information from the outside world, and embodies the essence of the mind. Intelligence, emotion, and memories are just a few of the processes governed by the brain. The goal of this course is to describe the components of the nervous system; describe the structures and functions of the brain; explain the functions of the two hemispheres of the brain; explain the role of neuron connections, synapses, and neurotransmitters; describe the effect of normal aging on the brain; describe the role of brain imaging and gene studies in the identification of neurological disorders; examine the effects of genes and the environment; and differentiate between current theories of neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and epigenetics.

Lesson 02 - Wire Your Brain for Happiness
The hidden power of everyday positive experiences can change your brain and change your life. Everyone wants to be happy and healthy. By focusing on becoming happier and creating positive experiences, research suggests that we will experience increased energy, improved immune function, increased creativity, improved relationships, and increased productivity. Happiness results in a healthier brain, a more vibrant body, and a longer life. The goal of this course is to describe how happiness, positive experiences, and emotions affect the brain. The relationship between happiness and neuroplasticity, determinants of happiness, happiness assessment tools, and practices to increase happiness will be examined.

Lesson 03 - Music, Sound, and the Healthy Brain
Whether you are listening to rock music in your car or listening to Mozart at home, music affects your brain. Engaging in musical activity (such as listening to or creating music) involves almost every region of our brain as well as our minds, our thoughts, and our spirit. The goal of this course is to describe the elements of and principles of sound; discuss how music engages the whole brain; identify the whole-body benefits of music; and examine the physiological and psychological effects of music.

Lesson 04 - Meditation and Brain Health
Meditation is a mind-body practice with many methods and variations that are all based on the silence and stillness of present-moment awareness. Exciting research is showing that a regular practice of meditation causes physical changes in the brain that can be beneficial to mental and physical health. Meditation can also change the way the brain functions. The goal of this course is to examine current neuroscience research and the effects of meditation on brain waves, identify meditation techniques to enhance brain health, and explore the psychological and physiological effects of meditation.

Lesson 05 - Sleep and the Brain: What's the Connection?
Do you wake up in the morning feeling sleepy? Do you feel sleepy during the day? A good night's sleep is as essential for your brain and your body as food and water. Sleep deprivation affects the brain in multiple ways, impairing judgment, affecting cognition, and slowing reaction times. Sleep quality affects our mental and physical health in ways science is just beginning to understand. The goal of this course is to explore the effects of sleep on brain health. The role of sleep in health, the impact of sleep deprivation on health, the stages of sleep, and conventional and integrative therapies for improving sleep will be discussed.

Lesson 06 - Play and the Brain: Why Play Matters to Your Gray Matter
"Act like a child" is probably not a phrase that is on the top of anyone's mind. Yet, researchers are discovering that there are many health benefits to rediscovering our inner child. Play is vital to who we are as human beings and it is an essential component of a healthy life. Play is present in all mammals including human beings. In human beings, it is equally important for children as it is for adults. While childishness is not desirable, being "childlike" is. The goal of this course is to examine the impact that play has on the brain and overall well-being. This course discusses the importance of play in human development; discusses the qualities and characteristics of play; explores the types of play and play personalities; identifies the health benefits of play; and lists ways to incorporate play into everyday life.

Lesson 07 - Healthy Lifestyles: How Stress, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Substance Abuse, and Nature Affect Brain Health
Individuals' lifestyles can have a powerful impact on the health of their body and mind. The brain is affected by virtually every aspect of their life including their levels of stress, the foods they choose to eat, the amount and type of physical activity in which they engage, whether or not they abuse drugs, and whether or not they regularly spend time in nature. The goal of this course is to examine the effects of brain health on specific lifestyle factors including stress, nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, and nature.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe PDF plug - in ( a free download obtained at Adobe.com)

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007AAH
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 18 - 24 weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 72 hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion

Start Dates

This course is available to begin on the following dates

  • 17 October
  • 14 November
  • 12 December