OSHR 1374 - Optimizing Successful and Healthy Aging: An Integrative Approach Lecture (PERK SERIES)

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This presentation will review theoretical reasons and empirical research in support of the proposition that successful and healthy aging can be optimized. Building on the established fact that human development is characterized by a great deal of plasticity, this presentation will focus on two major issues:

(1) Why it is meaningful and imperative to talk about the optimization of successful and healthy aging; and
(2) what individuals can do to optimize their own aging.

Three specific behavioral domains will be discussed in terms of their role for successful and healthy aging:
(1) The role of physical activity and exercise;
(2) the role of enrichment in cognitive aging; and
(3) the role of social engagement and social relationships.

The presentation will conclude with a reference to a newly emerging area of aging research that focuses on the association between self-perceptions of aging and developmental outcomes.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.