The Challenges of Aging


Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

counseling, psychology, Buddhist studies

With the aging of the post-war baby boom generation, the United States population aged 65 years and older is increasing rapidly. Between 2010 and 2030 this age group is expected to double in size, from 35 million to 72 million individuals and, by 2030, will represent nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. Relative to earlier generations, today's seniors tend to be more affluent, better educated and in better health. But the aging of the population will present challenges to institutions and individuals. This program will examine the impacts of growth of the senior population, both on the aging individual and on U.S. society as a whole.

A central focus of our study will be on the social and economic impacts of an aging population. In spite of their relative health and affluence, the senior population will put stress on a number of institutions and government programs. We will try to sort out the effects on Social Security, Medicare and other programs, and consider alternative public policy responses to these impacts. We will also study the economic impacts on individuals and families. What economic and financial decisions do we face as we grow older? How can we make choices that will secure a reasonable quality of life in our senior years?

We will also focus on the psychological, sociological and spiritual changes of aging and their profound impacts on individuals, families, and society in general. We will consider the many losses associated with aging but pay equal attention to the possible areas of growth and happiness such as increased wisdom, life satisfaction, inner peace and cooperative living. We will also look at the rapidly growing field of geriatric social services and meet with several Evergreen graduates who are actively involved in providing essential services to local senior citizens.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

social work, social sciences, psychology, public policy and law.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.


Date Revision
January 23rd, 2014 This program has been cancelled. Ryo Imamura will be sponsoring contracts. Bill Bruner is offering Gray America. Students interested in this topic are encouraged to review that description in the catalog.
December 16th, 2013 Ryo Imamura will be offering Individual Study opportunities.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 24


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