Healthy Aging Specialization
The Healthy Aging Specialization at NYU Silver aims to build a strong cadre of social work scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates to maximize opportunities for health and longevity for individuals and society. Students will gain expert understanding of aging in the United States, policies and programs that impact diverse populations, and an introduction to global aging and cultural contexts.
All students will gain foundational and advanced understanding of theories, research, policies, and programs that bring younger and older generations together to solve critical issues, such as ending ageism and other forms of prejudice; social isolation; housing and economic security; and mental health. Another unique feature is that students gain a strong foundational understanding of key concepts in child and youth development (e.g., trauma informed practice).
Students will learn about the unique needs and effective modes of social work practice grounded in theory and evidence to use with individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. Across these courses, intergenerational theories, critical race theory, intersectionality, standpoint theory, anti-oppressive practices, and social justice are the hallmarks of the Silver curriculum to work competently and with humility across communities.
There are 3 components:
Courses that bolster knowledge in aging and intergenerational theories, research, policies, and programs
in the second year with an emphasis on aging and/or intergenerational practice
Designed to introduce you to experts in the field and to expand your social network