Web Exercise #1: Careers in Aging
LO (All Learning Objectives)
Directions: This assignment may be completed individually. After reading about the physical and cognitive development in late adulthood, some students may wonder what kinds of careers are available for people who want to work with the elderly. The purpose of this assignment is to explore those careers. Students should perform a search using the words “Careers in Aging.” Pick one career and research it.
What degree do you need to have this career?
What are some of the tasks in the job description of someone who has this career?
What is the average pay of someone with this job?
Search for jobs available. If you were to choose this career, would it be easy to find a job?
After completing this assignment, are you interested in maybe having this job one day? Why or why not?
Web Exercise #2: Alzheimer’s Disease
LO 17.6: Examine Alzheimer’s disease, and discuss its course, including risk and protective factors.
Directions: This assignment may be completed independently. Chapter 17 introduces students to the topic of Alzheimer’s disease, its course, risks, and protective factors. Each year, more and more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and women are more likely to acquire it than men. In this exercise, students will listen to a TED talk in which Alanna Shaikh discusses how she is preparing to get Alzheimer’s disease and another TED talk in which Samuel Cohen discusses how Alzheimer’s disease may be cured.
What were your main thoughts/reactions as you listened to each talk?
What were 2 things that stood out in each talk?
What did you learn?
What are 2 questions you have after watching these two videos?
Should one “prepare” for Alzheimer’s?
Web Exercise #3: Parkinson’s Disease
LO 17.7: Distinguish among other common dementias, such as vascular dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Directions: This assignment may be completed individually. Parkinson’s disease is the most common cause of subcortical dementia. It is a brain disorder that occurs when neurons in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra die or become impaired. Motor symptoms occur first and include tremors, slowness of movement, difficulty initiating movement, rigidity, difficulty with balance, and a shuffling walk. Dementia then occurs. The purpose of this exercise is to explore a new treatment for Parkinson’s disease. In this TED talk, Andres Lozano discusses the use of deep brain stimulation to treat diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, and anorexia.
How has knowledge of the causes of brain disorders changed over the past 7,000 years?
What stood out to you while watching this video?
Would you recommend this treatment to anyone? Why or why not?
What are 2 questions you have after watching this video?