Gerontology

Fall Semester 2017

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Introduction to Gerontology
GERO.1013.A
Durkee Lloyd, JanetT TH10:00AM-11:20AM
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This course introduces the subject of population aging from a multidisciplinary perspective. Topics to be discussed include: the status of aging in Canada and the world, ethnicity, social change, gerontological theory and the physical and psychological aspects of growing older.

Introduction to Gerontology
GERO.1013.B
Durkee Lloyd, JanetT TH02:30PM-03:50PM
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This course introduces the subject of population aging from a multidisciplinary perspective. Topics to be discussed include: the status of aging in Canada and the world, ethnicity, social change, gerontological theory and the physical and psychological aspects of growing older.

Adult Development & Aging
GERO.2673.A
Randall, WilliamT TH02:30PM-03:50PM
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The course provides an introduction to psychological aspects of aging faced by young, middle-aged, and older adults as they adapt to life events. Topics of study include: theories on personality and its development across the lifespan; the impact of aging on intelligence, memory, creativity, and learning; changes with age in social roles and relationships; and the development of meaning and spirituality in mid - and later life. Prerequisites: GERO 1013, GERO 1023 or PSYC 1023.

Aging and Health
GERO.3023.A
Randall, WilliamT TH11:30AM-12:50PM
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Various aspects of aging and health are addressed in this course. Topics considered include: theories of biological aging; normal vs. pathological physical changes that accompany the aging process; various chronic conditions that affect quality of life in later life; the implications of physical aging for medication use and nutritional status among older adults; and the impact of an aging population on the provision of acute care, long-term care, and home care for older adults. Prerequisite: GERO 1013 and GERO 1023.

Aging and Spirituality
GERO.3033.A
Irwin-Kenyon, GaryM W02:30PM-03:50PM
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This lecture-seminar course examines the phenomenon of spirituality and its relationship to the process of aging. There are two main themes explored in the course. First, we attempt to understand the meaning of spirituality itself by discussing a range of spiritual and religious traditions. And second, we consider the practical and ethical issues that arise from an explicit acknowledgement of human spirituality in research and practice in gerontology.

Qualitative Research Methods
GERO.3053.A
Caissie, LindaT TH04:00PM-05:20PM
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This course will introduce students to qualitative research methods used in social science, with an emphasis on gerontology. It will address theoretical foundations of qualitative analysis, ethical considerations involving older adults, and provide hands-on experience in developing a research question, and collecting and analyzing data using basic qualitative techniques in gerontology. It will also prepare students in writing a qualitative research proposal. Prerequisite: GERO 1013 + 1023 or permission of the instructor.

Narrative Gerontology
GERO.3073.A
Randall, WilliamW02:30PM-05:20PM
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This seminar-style course considers the theoretical and practical implications for gerontology of the metaphor of life as story. Against the background of the narrative turn across the human sciences and of specific practices in geriatric care like life review and reminiscence, the course explores the narrative complexity of autobiographical memory in particular and of identity development in general. Through readings, assignments, and classroom activities, students are encouraged to consider the narrative dynamics of their own identity development and to appreciate the complexity of the storytelling-story listening exchanges that are pivotal to providing narrative care with older adults. Limited enrolment. Prerequisites: GERO 1013 and GERO 1023.

Family Ties in Later Life
GERO.3223.A
Durkee Lloyd, JanetT TH01:00PM-02:20PM
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This course examines a variety of issues regarding aging and the family. It considers historical and demographic trends as well as theoretical frameworks in family gerontology. The course covers a number of relationships including those of couples, siblings, and grandparents and grandchildren. It also looks at late-life transitions such as retirement, widowhood, and divorce, all of which affect family structures and relationships.

Aging and Tai Chi
GERO.3233.A
Irwin-Kenyon, GaryT TH08:30AM-09:50AM
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Tai Chi is a mind-body-spirit intervention that contributes to the maximization of quality of life for both frail and well adults. This course explores the philosophy and principles that form the basis of the art of Tai Chi. The course will also review research that demonstrates a range of health benefits of Tai Chi to adults of all ages, physical and psychological. Participants in the course will learn basic Tai Chi movements, and be introduced to guidelines for designing a program based on Tai Chi, for implementation in a variety of settings. The course will be of interest to students contemplating a career in gerontology, recreation, social work, education, or fine arts. The course is introductory and does not assume any experience on the part of the students.

Critical Appr. to Nursing Home
GERO.3743.A
Caissie, LindaT07:00PM-09:50PM
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This seminar course will examine the phenomenon of nursing homes from an ethnographic and critical point of view and will include both sociological and anthropological perspectives. Prerequisite: GERO 1013.

Seminar in Gerontology
GERO.4013.A
Irwin-Kenyon, GaryM07:00PM-09:50PM
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This seminar course consists of an in-depth analysis of a specific problem or issue in the field of aging. Students have their chosen topic area approved and supervised by the course instructor. The purpose of this course is to integrate a student's theoretical and practical understanding of a specific area by way of a combination of a major paper, presentations, and/or other research. Prerequisites: GERO 1013 + 1023.

Winter Semester 2018

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Multidiscipl. Issues in Aging
GERO.1023.A
Durkee Lloyd, JanetT TH10:00AM-11:20AM
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This course examines the various factors that impact growing older in Canadian society. Topics to be discussed include: health care, pensions, housing, transportation, family life, social support and death and dying.

Multidiscipl. Issues in Aging
GERO.1023.B
Durkee Lloyd, JanetT TH02:30PM-03:50PM
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This course examines the various factors that impact growing older in Canadian society. Topics to be discussed include: health care, pensions, housing, transportation, family life, social support and death and dying.

Sociology of Aging
GERO.2113.A
Caissie, LindaM W05:30PM-06:50PM
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This course will explore the comparative situation of older women and men in different cultures and different historical periods within western societies. The cultural and social-structural determinants of their changing status will be examined through alternative theoretical perspectives within sociology. The social construction of 'elderly' as a status will be explored through how older people are perceived, described, talked about, and interacted with within everyday behaviour, and how these relations may be 'negotiated' by the elderly themselves. The political economy of aging focuses upon disparities of income, and the determinants and effects of poverty on the lives of older people. Prerequisite: GERO 1013 or SOCI 1003.

Death and Dying
GERO.2273.A
Caissie, LindaM W02:30PM-03:50PM
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This course explores a wide range of topics in the area of death and dying. As a fundamental issue for human beings, these phenomena require investigation from a variety of perspectives. The course considers aspects of death and dying that are religious, philosophical, psychological, and sociological in nature. Further, the course is concerned with both practical and theoretical issues that arise from the relationship between aging, and death and dying.

Counselling Older Adults
GERO.3123.A
Randall, WilliamT02:30PM-05:20PM
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This course considers several important aspects of counseling, broadly defined, as they impact on work with older adults. Topics include: an overview of counseling theories and strategies; the range of emotional, developmental, spiritual, and interpersonal issues for which older adults might seek or need counseling (e.g., substance abuse, elder abuse, bereavement, depression); the benefits of alternative therapeutic modalities (music therapy, pet therapy, etc.); and the value of reminiscence and life review - or narrative care - in working with older adults. This course is most relevant to those preparing to work professionally in the field of aging. Limited enrolment. Prerequisites: GERO 1013 and GERO 1023.

Mental Health and Aging
GERO.4003.A
Durkee Lloyd, JanetT TH01:00PM-02:20PM
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This course explores the range of factors affecting mental health in the elderly, from age-related organic brain disease, depression, and the other functional psychiatric disorders, to failure of adjustment induced by psychological, social, and environmental factors. Issues covered include the recognition of mental-health problems, their prevalence and dynamics; the cost to individual older people, their families, the health and community-care systems, and society; and the adequacy of current provisions and interventions. Prerequisites: GERO 1013, GERO 1023 and GERO 2673.

Advan Seminar in Gerontology
GERO.4023.A
Randall, WilliamM07:00PM-09:50PM
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This course is intended for students in the final semester of the program. It consists of a multidisciplinary lecture-seminar format. Selected topics in aging research and intervention are discussed, including those that highlight the positive potential of the aging experience, e.g., the potential for creativity, wisdom, and continued personal growth. The purpose of this course is to ensure that students have a comprehensive background in the field of aging. Prerequisites: GERO 1013, GERO 1023 and an additional 18 credit hours of courses.

Last Published: Thu Oct 19 06:05:00 2017