Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Gero Screagle Pride

USI defeated West Texas A&M 94-84.
I was one of 7,330 fans at the Ford Center.
When my husband took a job in Evansville, I wasn't sure what opportunities I would have to work as a gerontologist.

I didn't need to worry.

A few weeks later, the director of the gerontology program, Dr. Katie Ehlman, hired me.

She had been using my post about elder speak to teach her students about the power of language to affect attitudes.

I started teaching in the Fall of 2016 and helping with MAIA: Mid-American Institution on Aging and Wellness.

Follow #MAIArocks on Twitter. Add MAIA on Facebook.

Here is a list of the USI courses that I teach. 

Gerontology 215: Health Care Aspects of Gerontology. Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2018, Summer 2019 & Fall 2019.

Basically, this is an introduction to aging course. The textbook is Aging, the Individual and Society (2015) 10th edition by Susan M. Hillier and Georgia M. Barrow.

Gerontology 317: Continuum of Care and Community Services.  Fall 2019

The majority of consumers of long-term care (57%) are older adults. This course looks at home care, skilled nursing facilities and everything in between with some discussion on younger LTC consumers. The textbook is Long-term Care: Managing Across the Continuum (2016) 4th edition by John R. Pratt

Gerontology 321: Sociological Aspects of Aging. Spring 2017 & Spring 2018

This class looks at a variety of issues (family structure, biology, race/ethnicity, class, work, retirement, long-term care, death & dying, etc.) through the tools that the field of sociology has to offer. Because issues of cumulative advantage and disadvantage are important, the class includes some discussion of the ways earlier life stages might influence how people age.

The textbook is Aging in the Life Course (2011) 6th edition by Jill Quadagno.

Gerontology / Sociology 343: Death, Dying and Bereavement. Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019 & Spring 2020.

The textbook is Death & Dying, Life & Living (2019) 8th edition by Charles A. Corr, Donna M. Corr & Kenneth J. Doka.

Here is a brief description of my support of the Mid-American Institution on Aging and Wellness (MAIA)

MAIA 2016: Helped by live tweeting and writing blog posts.

MAIA 2017: Helped by live tweeting and writing blog posts.

MAIA 2018: Became a "blue shirt" and helped organize prior, helped with introducing speakers, and also live tweeted the event and wrote blog posts before and after.

MAIA 2019: Helping to organize this event, taking place August 8th and 9th. Preview with a lot of links.


Pomp & Circumstance:Wichita State University 

2019 MAIA Preview

2018 MAIA Concurrent Sessions

Evansville Hosts Aging Avengers


  1. Those courses sound helpful.

    1. I enjoy learning alongside my students as we study the psychology, biology, economics, and sociology of the aging process. Thanks for stopping by the blog Terra.

  2. I worked as Director of Social Services in a long term care facility and saw first hand how much people, including medical professionals, need training and information specific to dealing with and treatment of the elderly.

    1. I didn't know that you had that work experience. (I'm sorry if you told me before and that it didn't stick that you are an expert in the kitchen and an experienced person in social services.) Thank you for your comment.