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Technology for Optimal Aging

Technology for Optimal Aging is an online certificate program consisting of four courses that can be taken for the certificate, or each course can be taken individually.

Overall, the four courses will: review the aging process, aging demographics, theories of aging, available technology, the importance of technology in aging, and the implementation of no-tech to high tech interventions. At the conclusion of the certificate, participants will gain a general understanding of aging and ageism, summarize and define various types of technology, understand the theories of aging, and assess and implement appropriate use of technology. 

Each course involves weekly lectures, quizzes and interactive discussions. Participants can expect to spend 2 hours per week at their own convenience on course materials. 

The Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) provides credible education and resources to professionals, caregivers, students, and educators. With Wyoming projected to have one of the most significant increases in the aging population by 2030, our mission is to optimize the health and well-being of Wyoming’s older residents well into the future. Technology plays a critical role in the ability to age well and age in place. This course seeks to empower professionals by providing the tools necessary to appropriately assess and implement technology for an aging population. Brought to you in partnership with Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. Please let WyCOA know if you need any accommodations.

Graduate students utilize assistive technology to improve patient communication

Is this course right for me?

The certificate program is made up of four courses that can be taken together. However, courses can be taken individually as desired. Each course is $50.00 or $150.00 if you register for all four courses. These courses may be right for you if you:
  1. Work with the geriatric population in the rehabilitation or caregiving setting
  2. Work as an OT, OTA, PT, PTA, or RN
  3. Are interested in learning more about prescribing and implementing assistive technology and matching the person to technology
  4. Are able to learn via an online platform and have two hours per week to dedicate to assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.
  5. Want to earn Continuing Education credits (12 per course)
Registration is now open for the 2019 Spring, Summer, and Fall courses!
Email wycoa@uwyo.edu with questions on how to register.
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Registration and Enrollment

The certificate program is offered through the WyoLearn Catalog:

https://wycoa.catalog.instructure.com/

The cost of the course(s) is as follows:

All 4 courses - $150.00

OR

Each course individually - $50.00 for each course

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Course Information

1. Aging 101

Course Objectives:

  • Understand key issues pertaining to the study of aging, including basic social, biological and psychological theories that guide the field of gerontology;
  • Display general understanding of adult development and the process of aging, including physical, sensory perceptual, cognitive, social and emotional development throughout adulthood;
  • Appreciate macro-level influences on adult development, including the impact of social policy issues, the healthcare system, and demographic trends;
  • Show awareness of the importance of roles, expectations, and stereotypes and attitudes with respect to the health and well-being of older adults; and,
  • Be knowledgeable about key issues and controversies inherent in aging.

 

Course dates: May 6 - June 14, 2019

Enroll in Aging 101

 

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3. AT Foundations

Course Objectives

  • Describe the overall aging process using the International Classification of Functioning and Disability Framework.
  • Define assistive technology, everyday technology and universal design.
  • Learn how to use a systematic theory based approach to identify and assess assistive technology interventions and outcomes.
  • Understand the older adult’s perception of assistive technology and possible barriers to using assistive technology.

 

Course dates: August 12 - September 20, 2019

Enroll in AT Foundations

2. Innovations in Aging and Technology with Remote Monitoring

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the acceptance of technology from the perspective of clients and caregivers
  • Consider the research and evaluation measures necessary for technology adoption in business
  • Discuss the capabilities and limitations of remote monitoring technology
  • Describe the conversations and documentation available via technology
  • Investigate new and innovative monitoring technology currently accessible for public use

Course dates: June 24 - August 2, 2019

 Enroll in Innovations in Aging and Technology with Remote Monitoring

 

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4. AT Applications

Course Objectives:

  • Describe a full range (no tech to high tech) of everyday and assistive technology options that can be used by elders to continue to participate in everyday meaningful activities.
  • Be able to use the Internet and other options to keep abreast of everyday and assistive technology options that are useful for elders and their caregivers to support successful aging.
  • Apply knowledge from prior sections to assess and implement appropriate AT for aging clients or patients.

Course dates: September 30 - November 8, 2019

Enroll in AT Applications

Contact

 

Wyoming Center on Aging

wycoa@uwyo.edu

(307) 766-2829

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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