Description: This course examines intervention efforts aimed at the self-management of chronic illness from a lifespan perspective with a focus on midlife and older adulthood. Theoretical and conceptual frameworks for viewing chronic illness in the context of individual and family development will be discussed. Specific examples of health education interventions for selected chronic illnesses will be examined, including diabetes, arthritis, asthma, health disease, COPD, and HIV/AIDS. The appropriate developmental tasks and psychosocial and cognitive stages for individuals and their implications for the self-management of chronic illness will be described. The impact of comorbidity, depression, coping, resilience, social support, and self-efficacy on self-managment and the role of family caregivers will be discussed. The format of the course will rely heavily on structured and informed discussion. A brief overview will be provided each week, followed by exchange generated by discussion questions for each week's reading assignments as well as small group exercises. Student presentations based on a wide variety of chronic illnesses will be scheduled throughout the course.