Biological Aspects of Aging (Johns Hopkins Univ., Certificate on Aging required course)

Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus
Johns-Hopkins - Homewood, Baltimore, MD, USA

Start Time
09/28/2017 6:30 pm
End Time
12/07/2017 8:30 pm
Price
$350

Biological Aspects of Aging (COA required course) 

This course introduces students to the science of biogerontology. The course is organized along two primary goals—to explore the biology of human aging for the non-medical person and to look at the science behind anti-aging interventions that may potentially modify the human body's interaction with the aging process. Beginning with the key concept of chronologic age versus physiologic age, participants examine mechanistic models of the aging process and the changes that take place in anatomy and physiology. Detailed attention is given to ten "biomarkers" of the aging process, such as skeletal muscle mass, basal metabolic rate, body fat percentage, aerobic capacity, insulin sensitivity, and bone density. These biomarkers provide a framework for understanding and monitoring what happens to us as we age. The remaining class sessions explore the science behind multiple purported anti-aging interventions, including cardiovascular exercise, strength exercise, caloric restriction, sirtuin gene activating compounds, antioxidants, hormone supplementation, stem cells, and genetic engineering.

C. Edwin Becraft, Jr., M.D., Chief of Medical Services, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation, has taught this course for the Certificate on Aging program since 1995 and also serves as Chair of the program’s Advisory Board.

916.200.01 Homewood Campus

$350 (20 hours) 10 sessions

Thurs., Sept. 28-Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No class Nov. 23.

This course is approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for 20 hours of category A CEU's and 20 hours of Category 1 credit as defined by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners.  

Certificate on Aging (COA) courses may be taken individually or as part of the JHU Certificate on Aging Program. 

Register online or call 410-516-8516.

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