Sociology of Aging

GERON 300 or SOC 335

Same course, just cross referenced

Required Textbook:
Aging Matters

Image of the Aging Matters Textbook
Author:  Hooyman

Edition: 1st*
ISBN: 9780205727643

The text is available for:


Reading: New editions of the text are at the following Reserve Desks, (2-hour Maximum)

*If you choose to use a different edition of the text, it is your responsibility to compare your text with the current text for updated information and reorganization of the material.

Video Series Enhanced Online-Class
Growing Old in a New Age

Growing Old Video Series
The VIDEO SERIES “Growing Old in a New Age” accompanies this course. You will view 13  one-hour programs introducing key concepts and facts. Selected experts provide commentary.

Where to View Course Videos: The video series may be viewed at the Annenberg Learner web site.

Online Class Mandatory Orientation

ONLINE-CLASS Mandatory Orientation:
Click on the ORIENTATIONS link for the meeting dates and times.

  • You are welcome to attend ANY of my orientations.

Prior to our Orientation:

In addition to the course orientation, students will complete the assigned reading, video series, discussions, activities, exams, and participate online using Desire-2-Learn (D2L).

CAN’T ATTEND the specific orientation for your class?
You can attend an orientation for one of my other courses.
Let me know and remember to sign in.

D2L Access Link:
D2L Student Resources:

Course Information & Syllabus

Week 1 Assignment


  • Your first assignment is to update your City College Gmail (and/or forward your City College Gmail to an account you use regularly).
  • Complete the D2L Free Sample Class and take it’s Final Exam.
  • Submit the D2L Sample Class- Certificate of Completion to our HSN Class Dropbox, after it is emailed to you.
  • Take the Sociology of Aging Orientation Quiz
  • View “Prayer About Getting Old”
  • Read Chapter- 1 The Older Population in the United States
  • Read Chapter 2- Global Aging and Older Immigrants in the United States
  • Videos
  • Write Myths & Realities of Aging Essay:
    After reading the textbook and viewing the videos, write an essay considering the following questions: 

    1. Explain how and why attitudes toward older people have changed over time.
    2. Discuss the impact of the changing age structure on society.
    3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal and cross-sectional methods of studying aging.
    4. Describe and “debunk” five common myths about aging and older adults.

      • Memory loss and senility are inevitable and irreversible effects of aging
      • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia
      • As we age, we become mentally weaker
      • Sexuality is a common loss in old age
    5. What kind of information did you gain from watching the video?
    6. How did the experiences of the older adults in the video affected your personal view of aging.

    Format of the essay? 1-2 pages (minimum). Double-spaced is fine. At the top of page 1 type your name plus the name of the assignment/video.

    Cite your sources. Separate citation pages and title pages are not necessary.

    Remember to save your paper as an rtf, doc or docx file before submitting it to the Dropbox.

  • Older Adult Interview: “What Is Your Aging IQ?”

    Prior to doing this activity complete the assigned reading, watch the videos and thoroughly read the instructions for the interview below:

    Resources for What’s Your Aging IQ? – Interactive Web Site

    We all know someone who is an “elder.” (If you need a definition of “elders,” they are someone who is at least 65-years-old and is 15 years older than you.”) It might be a grandparent, a neighbor, or maybe the person behind the counter at the dry cleaners.

    Do you really know what it means to be “old?” Do you know what older people are concerned about, how they can get the most out of their lives, and what normal aging really is?

    Take the “What’s Your Aging IQ? Quiz:
    In the “What’s Your Aging IQ” activity there are several very short stories, each followed by a few related questions. Some are multiple-choice, some are true/false, and some yes/no. Click on the button to the left of the answer you think is the right one. Then click the “Submit answer” button to see how you did.
    ~From the National Institute on Aging

    1. Arrange to spend an hour or two with a person who is 65 or older. Make sure the older adult understands that you will be discussing some questions about aging and sharing perceptions about it.
      • Before the meeting, take “What is Your Aging I.Q.?” Compare your answers with those provided. There are links to the quiz on this page….
    2. During the meeting, have the interviewee review “What is Your Aging I.Q.?” Consider each question together and discuss the “correct” answer. Bring your textbook in case either of you wants to read more about the topic. If either, or both of you answered a question incorrectly, discuss which events or beliefs may have led you to this incorrect answer.
    3. If you go off topic a bit that is fine. Let the conversation flow between you and your interviewee.

    Write an essay after completing the Interview Activity:
    Describe your discussion.
    How well each of you did on the quiz?

    Use the questions below as a guide for your essay:

    • What discussion ensued between the two of you?
    • How well did both of you do on the quiz?
    • Which questions did both of you answer correctly? How did you know the answers to these questions?
    • Which questions did both of you answer incorrectly? Why did you answer them that way and why?
    • What discussion did these questions stimulate between the two of you?
    • Which questions did you answer differently?
    • What might account for any differences in your answers?
    • Which events or beliefs led you to answer this way?
    • How has this interview affected your personal view of aging and older adults?

    Format of the essay? 1-2 pages (minimum). Double-spaced is fine. At the top of page 1 type your name plus the name of the assignment/video.

    Cite your sources. Separate citation pages and title pages are not necessary.

    Remember to save your paper as an rtf, doc or docx file before submitting it to the Dropbox.

  • Discussion Board
    • Self-Introduction
    • Resources for Our Older-Adult Population
  • Review Chapters 1 & 2
          • Key Terms
          • Outline
          • Powerpoint
          • Summary