Oliver Wendell Holmes noted, “To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.” Conversely, actor Bette Davis opined, “Old age is no place for sissies.” Both positions can be true. This course examines how many Americans experience aging as we interact with our social, physical, and cultural environments. Predictable changes in social and vocational adjustment, physical ability, mental health, spirituality, relationships, and approaching infirmity and end of life will be considered. Strategies for adjusting successfully to these changes will be offered.
Instructor Joel Shapiro, Ed.D. retired as chair and full professor of education and psychology from Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont. He won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Presov, Slovak Republic, and wrote a book for college professors on ways to successfully integrate international students into American classrooms. Additionally, he wrote numerous articles for American and European professional journals and lectured at universities and conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has won teaching awards at several colleges. Prior to beginning his academic career, he was a school psychologist working with children with special needs. He received his B.A. from Colgate University, his M.A. from Temple University and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.
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