GWL137 - Introduction to Aging

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Subject Title
Introduction to Aging

Subject Description

This subject introduces the student to the various perspectives, areas of research and issues involved in the contemporary study of gerontology. Students will be introduced to relevant legislation, programs and services relating to aging in Ontario. Students will also be introduced to basic anatomy and biological issues relating to aging.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Demonstrate introductory knowledge of:
  1. the natural continuum of aging including the biology and anatomy of the human body
  2. stereotypes, myths and societal perceptions about aging
  3. the history of gerontology with an emphasis on Ontario
  4. gerontological demographics
  5. maturational changes, common diseases, environmental challenges of the elderly
  6. the psychology and social psychology of aging
  7. types of gerontological services, gerontological service providers, models of health care,
  8. financial issues involved in the aging process
  9. retirement issues
  10. housing and transportation services and issues
  11. issues relating to relationships, family and aging including sexuality, informal caregiving, elder abuse, civil rights issues
  12. contemporary studies related to dying and death

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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