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GERO 300 Introduction to Gerontology (distance)

This web page is intended to help you find information for the GERO 300 assignments. For further assistance, you can contact Nina Smart, the Liaison Librarian for Gerontology, 778.782.5043 / Monday to Thursday , or contact a librarian through SFU's Ask Us! service.


Course outline and information

Course description:  Examination of the aging process from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Physical and health factors in aging, economic and vocational factors in aging, family and community relations of older people, social policy and politics of aging.

For more information see GERO 300's  Canvas page.  Since part of your final grade comes from your online participation, you might want to look at the following links:


Assignment 1: A Community Resource for Seniors


  • Red book  directory of services for the Lower Mainland Search: adult day care or seniors centre and click on the "All these words" box; you can narrow the search by using the "Try to find locations closer to me" box and adding your town
  • Seniors’ One Stop Information the "Red book" for the North Shore


  Assignment 2: A Critical Review and Analysis of the Literature



Aging -- Psychological aspects
Aging-- Physiological aspects
Minority older people
Older people -- Housing
Old age in literature

Journal articles

  • Ageline the social gerontology index and the place to find articles on your topic.  Sample Subject term: Literature Reviews
  • Databases in Gerontology if you want to search other gerontology indexes
  • For the topic of portrayal of older people in children's literature, start with indexes Education Source or MLA bibliography and use a search such as: (elderly or aging or old age) AND  children's literature
  • Journal articles in the gerontology indexes are generally scholarly; if you need to determine whether a journal is peer-reviewed see the FAQ What is a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Moving from Citation to Article SFU guide on how to find the article once you've searched an index

Literature Reviews

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Web Pages by Unit


 Unit 1 Attitudes and Social Issues That Affect Older People

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Unit 2 Population Aging  (no course links)

Unit 3 Social Theory in Gerontology (no course links)

Unit 4 Knowledge Building and Older People

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 Unit 5  Gendered Life Course (no course links)

See also:Women's issues in Special Topics

Unit 6 Aging and Ethnicity (no course links)

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Unit 7 Cognitive and Physical Performance (no course links)

Unit 8 Mental Well-Being and Mental Disorder

See also: Gero 409 Mental health and aging

Unit 9 Health and Determinants of Health

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Unit 10 Successful Aging

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Unit 11 Families and Aging

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See also: Gero 408 Families and aging

Unit 12 Social Support and Caregiving no course links)

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Unit 13 Work and Retirement

See also: Older Workers and retirement in Gerontology Special Topics

Unit 14 Pensions and Economic Security for Older Canadians (no course links)

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Unit 15 Health-Care System and Policy

Unit 16 End-of-Life Issues

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See also Gero 406 Death and Dying

Unit 17 Environment and Aging 

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Other useful Web sites


Housing for seniors

  • For an overview on housing for seniors in Canada, see Chapter 8 'The Lived Environment: Community and Housing Alternatives in Later Life" of  Aging as a social process : Canadian perspectives HQ 1064 C3 M38 2008 
  • For statistical information see Chapter 4.1 "Living arrangements and the family" of A portrait of seniors in Canada Also in print  HQ 1064 C2 P678 2007

Statistical information

Community Resources for Older Adults


Style guides

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