BIOL 116: Aging and the Elderly

In this course we will address the biological processes and mechanisms associated with normal aging. We will also focus on diseases that affect the elderly in particular, such as arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, dementia, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Further, we will deal with issues concerning the quality of life of the elderly. Students will interact with the elderly by serving as volunteers at area senior centers and nursing homes and will report on their direct-learning experiences.