The percentage of the older population in the United States is increasing, and will continue to grow, due to the aging of the Baby Boomers. These individuals will experience a number of transitions and issues that may be associated with the aging process. Examples of these issues are late onset hearing loss, increased possibility for disabling conditions, decrease in ability to live independently, and decreased likelihood of employment potential due to prejudice toward older adults.
The first of the four class sessions will involve an overview of the population and the kinds of physical changes that may occur during the aging process. This class will also include a description/discussion of an empowerment perspective that can be used throughout the course as a backdrop for discussions. Because hearing loss is experienced by a high percentage of older individuals, the second and third classes will involve an in-depth descriptor of the physical, interpersonal and intrapersonal issues associated with a hearing loss. These two classes will offer practical suggestions for dealing with late onset hearing loss, both for the individual with the loss and for friends and family members. The fourth class will address other transitions that individuals may experience, with a focus on the move from one level of independence to another (moving into an assisted living or nursing home situation). Again, this issue will be discussed through the lens of an empowerment perspective. Practical suggestions will be offered that can be used by individuals who make such moves, as well as to their family members (especially spouse and children) and friends.
Charlene Kampfe is an Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona. She has taught both in the Department of Medical Allied Health Professions, University of North Carolina Medical School and in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, College of Education, University of Arizona. She has also been an Affiliate Faculty of the Arizona Center on Aging. A great deal of her writing, scholarly presentation, and service has involved issues associated with aging, with emphasis on late onset hearing loss, residential relation, and maintenance of dignity versus dehumanization through the transitions that older people face.
Professor Kampfe’s Ph.D. is in Rehabilitation, with an emphasis on counseling individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. One of her focuses is psycho-social issues associated with aging. She served as President of the Association for Adult Development and Aging, and has received state and national awards for her research regarding aging issues. In addition she has won numerous teaching awards and has had a national student fund named after her (Charlene Kampfe Student Fund of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association).