This course explores the sociological aspects of aging – how do the elderly affect society and how does society affect the elderly. We examine the interaction of the elderly with society and with many of our social institutions such as religion, healthcare, government, and the economy. We look at the issues associated with our aging population and how those issues affect people of all ages. We examine controversies associated with our changing population structure. We might not reach a consensus on how to solve the problems, but we should all leave the course with a better understanding of our society and hopefully ways in which we can.