MCCC to Tackle Issues of Aging Through
New Gerontology Certificate Program


8-19-08

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – With today’s sophisticated advances in medicine, individuals are living longer, healthier lives. Yet an aging population will bring many new challenges. This fall, a new Certificate in Gerontology program at Mercer County Community College will explore the issues impacting aging adults and those who provide their care. Classes meet on Mercer’s West Windsor Campus, at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Offered through the college’s Center for Continuing Studies, the program will award certificates to those who complete six required courses, two electives and a final project. Scheduled for Saturdays, Sept. 27 – Nov. 15, the courses can also be taken individually.

This noncredit program is geared toward healthcare providers, social workers and other individuals who provide services for the aging, and is also of interest to personal caregivers. The comprehensive curriculum includes the examination of the process of aging, aging and society, dealing with functional loss and change, and a holistic approach to aging. Electives will address such areas as navigating the healthcare system, senior housing options and family care giving.

Instructors include Eileen Doremus, executive director of the Mercer County Office on Aging, MCCC staff member Kay Eaton, who holds a Certificate in Gerontology, and MCCC’s Dean of Science and Health Professions, Linda Martin, who is certified as a clinical nurse specialist in gerontological nursing.

“In 10 years, the percentage of Mercer County residents ages 65 and over is expected to increase by 24 percent,” said Eaton. “We can all benefit from learning more about the issues facing this group, which includes our family members, patients, clients, customers and neighbors.”

For more information or to register, contact MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies at (609) 570-3311, by e-mail at comed@mccc.edu, or click here for the Center's website. More information is also available in the brochure on health career programs offered by the Center for Continuing Studies, here.

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