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Department of Sociology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology!l

If you would like more info on our program, please e-mail sociology@txstate.edu or call us at 512.245.2113.


WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW ONLINE GRADUATE PROGRAM:
M.S. IN DEMENTIA AND AGING STUDIES
Starting Fall 2014!

The  M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies degree (MSDA) is a 33-hour online degree. It is interdisciplinary (with courses from Sociology, Long Term Care, and Communication Disorders) and housed in the sociology department. Successfully completing the MSDA will be useful for anyone who currently works or wants to work with the aged community, or conduct research on dementia and aging. This innovative program will produce graduates who can manage various communities, programs, agencies and organizations for the growing aging population, or conduct research on dementia, gerontology, and aging. According to the U.S. Census, the number of elderly has surpassed the number of teenagers for the first time ever in the United States. Because of this significant demographic change, there are more jobs available for people to help and work with senior citizens, and a need for more scholarly research about aging and the aged.  The deadline for spring 2015 applications is October 15, 2014. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Patti Giuffre, Director of Graduate Programs in the Sociology department (pg07@txstate.edu). Visit our webpage on graduate programs http://www.soci.txstate.edu/degrees-programs/graduate.html and the Graduate College webpage http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/, for more information.

Please also refer to the 2014-2015 Continuing Education Workshops on Dementia and Aging Studies, here. All are welcome!


Dr. Powers Lecture

As part of the University Lecturers Series, the new online M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies program in the Department of Sociology has invited Dr. G. Allen Power to the Texas State University campus.  The public is invited to attend two presentations by this internationally known geriatrician.  Dr. Power is a member of the Eden Alternative® board of directors and international educator on transformational models of care for persons with dementia. His presentations are open to the public (no charge) and are held from 12:30 pm, Friday, October 31st, on the Texas State University campus at the Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library Floor, in San Marcos, Texas.

His first talk, “An Experiential Approach to Decoding Distress in Dementia,” will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Following a short break, Dr. Power will present, “Dementia beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being” from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m.  His thesis is that drug research for Alzheimer’s has produced no new therapies in over a decade, and yet, it is possible to create better lives today for people with dementia and those who care for them.  In this session, he introduces a social model of care that can be applied to all types and stages of dementia, in all milieus to make lives of persons with dementia meaningful.

Dementia is reaching a near epidemic growth among the young and old in America.  The United States and the rest of the world are growing older, and with the aging of the Baby Boomers, in particular, comes huge demand for innovative and less expensive care alternatives (e.g. person-centered care) based on healthcare trends in Western Europe.  There is growing interest in dementia and aging studies on campus, so his seminar and talk on a true cultural change in caregiving in America will be revolutionary and timely.  


3383 Easter Party

The Sociology 3383 - Aging and Society students and the Department of Sociology, sponsored an Easter Party for the residents of Springtown Villa (an assisted living facility) in San Marcos.  On Friday the students decorated and filled Easter Eggs with candy and gift goodies. The party was held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Activities included an Easter egg hunt for the residents, lunch with the residents, a scavenger hunt and ended with a story-telling hour where the residents talked with the students about their lives.  Thirty-four students participated giving 152 hours of volunteer service.


Dr. Sally Caldwell

In Memory of Dr. Sally Caldwell

Friends/Alumni of the Texas State Community: If you don't already know, our dear colleague, Dr. Sally Caldwell, passed away Friday, January 31st. The department held a memorial service at 3:00 PM Friday, February 21st, at UMC-Wesley/Christ Chapel Campus Ministry Center at Texas State University. 

We are all very saddened by this news. She was a deeply loved member of the sociology department, the university, the city of San Marcos, and especially Wimberley and the village of Woodcreek.