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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY6206
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-28
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-01-22
  2. Department: School of Aging Studies
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 0122900
  5. Contact Person: Sandra Reynolds
  6. Phone: x9750
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GEY
  9. Number: 6206
  10. Full Title: Family Caregiving in Aging and Chronic Illness
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): FamilyCaregivingAging
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: The course will address the mental and physical health consequences, cultural diversity issues, and stress process models of caregiving, as well as clinical and public policy interventions to assist family caregivers of adults with chronic illness.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course content is not available at the graduate level in any other course. It presents a major issue that affects all of society eventually, and adds depth to the electives offered to our Master's, Certificate, and Ph.D. students.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course would appeal to all of our Graduate Students, as well as those from other areas, such as Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, and Nursing.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? The course has been taught twice before and has been well-attended.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D in Gerontology or related discipline.

    Interest and research in caregiving would be preferable.

  29. Objectives: 1. Review factors that have led to increasing demand for family members to provide informal care for disabled older adults.

    2. Examine the roles and demands faced by caregivers for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and terminal illness.

    3. Investigate the mental and physical health consequences of caregiving, as well as the social and economic impact of caregiving.

    4. Review stress process models of family caregiving.

    5. Study how cultural diversity affects the experience of family caregiving.

    6. Examine services and interventions available to assist family caregivers.

    7. Discuss the public policy implications of family caregiving in an aging society.

    8. Helping students gain experience in understanding both the “real world” experience of caregiving, as well as an understanding through research.

    9. Helping students become critical thinkers capable of critiquing research on family caregiving, and develop empirically based approaches to practice and policy with caregivers.

    10. Helping students gain experience in written and spoken presentation of their work.

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

    1. demonstrate knowledge of challenges facing and support systems for family caregivers;

    2. show an understanding of and sensitivity to diversity in the family caregiving experience;

    3. review and critique peer-reviewed Journal articles

    4. write a research-oriented term paper and effectively present findings in oral format.

  31. Major Topics: *Personal views of caregiving;

    *historical issues in family caregiving;

    *early caregiving research.

    *Stress process models of family caregiving.

    *Disease specific issues in family caregiving: Dementia, cancer, and end-of-life

    *Mental health consequences of family caregiving.

    *Physical health consequences of family caregiving.

    *Cultural diversity and family caregiving.

    *Longitudinal research on family caregiving and role transitions—nursing home placement, bereavement.

    *Individual, family, and group interventions for family caregivers.

    *Public policy issues and service programs for family caregivers.

  32. Textbooks: Mace, N. L., & Rabins, P. V. (1999). The 36 hour day: A family guide to caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementing illnesses, and memory loss in later life. Warner Books.

    Shanks, L. K. (1999). Your name is Hughes Hannibal Shanks.

    New York: Penguin Books, 1999.

    Houts, P. S., Bucher, J., & Nezu, A. M. (2003). Caregiving: A step-by-step resource for caring for people with cancer at home. American Cancer Society.

    Sankar, A. (1999). Dying at home: A family guide for caregiving. Johns Hopkins University Press

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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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