Our culture glorifies youth while aging is often seen as a kind of illness. Psychology, too, has played a part in adoring youth and villainizing the elderly by suggesting that aging is “just inevitable decline.” A growing body of research, however, shows that while some capacities decline with age, others come “online” and increase as we age. This course considers the positive aspects of aging and offers a corrective to the idea that aging only brings decline. Wisdom, resilience, compassion, empathy and meaning are qualities that appear to grow with age. The course provides a review of the positive psychology of aging and shares practical steps to continue growing regardless of chronological age. Lecture, discussion, in-class and take-home exercises are used to understand the research and actively develop wisdom and other mature qualities.

Note: The intent of this course is to offer a general educational overview of the topics described. If you are seeking specific therapeutic guidance, please consult with the mental health professional of your choosing.



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Section Title
The Wisdom of Age: Positive Psychology and Lifelong Development
2:00PM to 3:30PM
Mar 23, 2020 to Apr 27, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Rice Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $210.00
Section Notes

Refund Policy

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.