New Course Will Help Students Care for the Elderly

by Rae McKee, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University wants to equip its students to help the growing elderly population face issues related to aging, death and dying. This is why the department of psychology is leading a seminar on these topics on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. during the 2016 spring semester. 

The seminar will focus on healthy aging, cultural myths and aging, geriatric medicine, dementia, the dying process, hospice care, and the fears that come with an aging population. The elderly (aged 65 and older) currently make up 14.1 percent of the overall U.S. population, and is expected to rise to 21.7 percent by 2040.

“One of the biggest challenges for the upcoming generation will be caring for the elderly as they prepare for the final stages of life,” said Chi-en Hwang, professor emeritus of psychology. “The seminar will equip the future professionals to effectively serve this growing population.”  

Several field trips are planned to various organizations to interact with experts in the field to understand the best ways to serve the aging population. Students will visit Greenewood Manor in Xenia, the Community Tissue Services and Routsong Funeral Home in Kettering, so that they can learn about each of these practices. 

“As Christians, we know where our future lies, and Satan can do nothing about it,” said Hwang. “But Satan may use the decline of earthly body to attack our faith, and we need to be prepared as we face new challenges. Growing old isn’t for cowards.” 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.