Historical, biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging in our society are presented. Students examine aging as a stage in life and study the developmental tasks and life changes faced by the elderly in our society. Students also explore social welfare, social services, and social work, with an emphasis on direct practice skills as they apply to the aging individual in the community: local, county, regional, and contemporary society. Classroom practice sessions develop and improve skills in direct care of the elderly. Prerequisite or corequisite: HUS 103.