This course is designed to focus on health issues resulting from age-related changes in human functioning. It will include a study of the aging process, epidemiology of aging, as well as health and social policies relevant to the aging population. Disease processes, particularly prevalent in elderly persons and related therapeutic measures will also be discussed. (3 lecture hours).
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to analyze selected health issues and their impact on both the elderly and their caregivers (C4).
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. describe the aging process (C2).
2. discuss the epidemiology of aging (C2).
3. discuss the sociopolitical, economic and cultural components of aging and health (C2)
4. analyze health and social policies relevant to the aging population (C4).
5. explain select biopsychosocial disease processes and their impact on the elderly population (C2).
6. discuss therapeutic measures that enhance the health status of the elderly population (C2).
7. analyze the impact of health issues on the quality of life of the elderly population (C4).
Aldwin, C. & Gilmer, D. (2004) Health, illness, and optimal aging: biological and psychosocial perspectives. Thousand Oaks: Sage
Gee, E. & Gutman, G., ed. (2000) The overselling of population aging: apocalyptic demography, intergenerational challenges, and social policy. Canada:Oxford
International Journal of Aging and Human Development
Journal of Aging & Health
Journal of American Geriatric Society
Journal of Gerontology
Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Students are expected to prepare for class and class discussion by completing required and related readings. (Note you will be directed to the essential readings in your course text)
Test #1 - 25% - October 20, 2005
Term Paper - 50% - November 17, 2005
Test 2 - 25% - December 15, 2005 @ 7:00 PM
THERE ARE NO SUPPLEMENTAL ASSIGNMENTS IN THIS COURSE 1. Students missing tests, without informing the professor or without valid reason, will not be permitted to write the test at a later date.
2. Late submission of papers, without professor's consent, will result in 5% per day deduction. After five days, the paper will receive zero.
3. Anyone demonstrating dishonesty, cheating or unethical behaviour in relation to any aspect of 63-245 will receive an F grade.
4. The use of recording devices is not allowed without permission of the professor.
5. Please consult professor for any questions, assistance or guidance you require.
Term Paper Guidelines Choose a health care issue from the list provided or negotiate a mutually agreed upon issue with the professor. HEALTH CARE ISSUES TOPICS: 1. Health and Social Policy and the Aging Population
15. Empowerment and the Elderly
PART I: Literature Review and Interview (Worth 10 marks) Due: October 13, 2005 1. Choose a minimum of 5 research or theory based articles on the issue you have selected.
2. Analyze the literature and prepare three (3) open-ended questions that you plan to use to interview two people (one an older adult and the other a care giver or policy maker). The questions should be directed toward major areas of concern identified in the literature. You may wish to list some subheadings for elaboration under each question.
3. Submit the questions for review and put in final paper as an appendix.
4. Interview the two people. Do not use names, just demographic data.
PART II: SIX PAGE PAPER (worth 40 marks) Due Date: November 17, 2005 The paper should reflect the student's ability to:
1. Introduce the issue focus and identification of related issues/aspects to be discussed. (5 marks)
2. Describe the experiences of the interviewees. Compare and contrast their concerns; feelings and experiences with each other and with the relevant literature. Indicate possible factors/ explanations for similarities and differences between the interviewees and your findings in the literature. (25 marks)
3. Use and cite references including original research articles (5 marks).
4. Organize the paper in a scholarly manner, use 4th edition APA style, creativity, clarity, organization and summary statements. (5 marks)
5. The paper excluding title page and bibliography must not exceed six pages.
6. Submit the original and maintain a copy of yourself.