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 are true. This course examines how many Americans experience aging as we interact with our physical, social, and cultural environments. Predictable changes in social and vocational adjustment, physical ability, mental health, spirituality, relationships, and approaching infirmity and the 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, VT. He won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Presov, Slovak Republic and wrote a book for college professors on ways to integrate international students successfully into the American classroom. 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 who have special needs. He earned his B.A. from Colgate University, his M.A. from Temple University, and his Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
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