ALTOONA, Pa. — Guest lecturers in the Adult Development and Aging course at Penn State Altoona this semester provided students with historical context for understanding the older adults they worked with at Midtown Oaks Health and Rehab Center in downtown Altoona.
Jared Frederick, assistant teaching professor of history at Penn State Altoona, spoke about local history dating back to the 1930s and ‘40s. Harriet Gaston, academic adviser at the college, addressed the history of migration and community diversity in the area.
Human development and family studies as a discipline frames an understanding of development in terms of the family, community and cultural contexts of individuals. Kelly Munly, the course’s instructor, said both lectures were enriching for students and helped give them a deeper comprehension of the area’s aged population.