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Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Successful Aging


Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Successful Aging

University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Gail Sullivan, MPH
AAMC/John A. Hartford Foundation
John A. Hartford Foundation
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Three to four hours of lecture on psychosocial aspects of aging are included in the Human Development and Health second year medical student course. This course includes lectures and small group sessions on biopsychosocial models, epidemiology, ethical and legal issues, and health economics. The Correlated Medical Problem Solving course complements the HDH course with problem-solving small group sessions.

Educational objectives: 

This lecture will describe ageism, psychosocial aspects of aging, and successful aging. Afterward, the learner will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between normal aging, usual aging, and diseases often occurring in older persons
  2. Identify social factors that appear to impact the health of older persons
  3. Recognize commonly observed changes, or lack of change, in psychological processes in older persons
  4. Identify ageism in oneself, patients and families, and the health care system
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120 2nd yr. undergrads have completed this each year since 2005. For more information or for additional materials, please email Dr. Sullivan at

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Gail Sullivan. Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Successful Aging. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2007 Available from: