Discussion 8

In this module, you will explore the important topic of gerontology. Often in the study of life-span development, we overlook the significance of the large size of the growing cohort of older adults. With a considerable and impending need for people to work in this field, this module’s discussion will focus on elements you have learned from your coursework, and how they could be applied to a future career in gerontology.

For your initial post, you will read Wise Up: Study Aging, as well as consider your coursework, to answer the following questions:

  • According to Dr. Rebecca Levy, referenced in the article, how do aging self-stereotypes form?
  • What are some steps that we can take to eradicate the cycle of these stereotypes?
  • Employment opportunities in the field of gerontology are growing exponentially. What are some strategies to draw professionals into this expanding, high-demand field?
  • What are some ways to retool for an aging America in terms of career opportunities and services?
  • How does the concept of aging stereotypes apply to any of the following programmatic themes? You may want to review the Programmatic Themes PDF document.
    • Self-care
    • Social justice
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Career connections
    • Ethics

Remember to respond to two peers while being respectful of and sensitive to their viewpoints. Consider advancing the discussion in the following ways:

  • Post an article, video, or visual to reinforce a peer’s idea or challenge them to see their point from a different perspective.
  • Engage in conversation with your peers around the topic of gerontology. Consider asking a question or sharing your own personal experience.

To complete this assignment, review the Psychology Discussion Rubric.

You will also need:

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