Announcing a new aging course "(Y)our Longer Life" with Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, and Dana March, PhD

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

We are excited to announce the addition of "(Y)our Longer Life" to the public health concentration course list. The course will be taught by Dean Linda P. Fried, interim co-director of the Columbia Aging Center, and Assistant Professor Dana March.

Why this course, now?  Because people are living 30 years longer than we did 100 years ago. We have created a whole new stage of life. How do we prepare to benefit from our longer lives? What can you do in your own life? This course explores the personal, population, community, and societal dimensions of our now-longer lives, of aging itself, and the role of health and societal design in the experience of aging. The course examines the meaning of aging and the attendant expectations, myths, fears, and realities. The course examines an aging society as a public health success, the potential for building health futures, the health plan you want to be healthy in old age, and the potential for longer lives and how we unlock it. It addresses the roles public health currently plays and can play in shaping a society for an aging population. The course explores how a public health system—indeed, a society—optimized for an aging population stands to benefit all. The course also examines the physical, cognitive, and psychological aspects of aging, the exposures across our lives that affect these, the attributes and challenges of aging, keys to successful aging, and aging around the globe. The culminating project will design elements of our society that are needed to support the opportunity of having longer lives. This course comprises lectures, class discussions, individual assignments, in-class case activities, and a group project in which students shall take an active role. You will be responsible for regular preparatory assignments, writing assignments, one group project, and attending course sessions.

The schedule for this Spring 2019 course on the Morningside Campus is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:10–5:25 p.m.

More information about this course -- PUBH GU4100 (Y)our Longer Life. 3 points -- is available at this link.