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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:

For more information on library services for students in  distance courses, check out the SFU Library guide for Services for Distance Education Students.


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


Selected titles:

  • Aging as a social process: Canadian perspectives [print]
  • Aging: Concepts and controversies [print]
  • Aging in contemporary Canada [print
  • Aging with grace: What the Nun Study teaches us about leading longer, healthier, and more meaningful lives [print]
  • Handbook of aging and the social sciences [online]

To find books, search SFU online catalogue; search tips are on SFU Library Catalogue Search Guide. Sample subject headings:

Journal articles

  • Ageline - The social gerontology index and the place to find articles on your topic. 
    Sample Subject term: Literature Reviews

For additional online indexes on gerontology topics, see Databases in Gerontology.

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


Web pages and resources by unit


 Unit 1 Attitudes and Social Issues That Affect Older People

See also:

Unit 2 Population Aging  (no course links)

Unit 3 Social Theory in Gerontology (no course links)

Unit 4 Knowledge Building and Older People

See also: Gerontology e-journals - current list of e-journals held by the SFU library

 Unit 5  Gendered Life Course (no course links)

See also: Women's issues in Special Topics

Unit 6 Aging and Ethnicity (no course links)

Unit 7 Cognitive and Physical Performance (no course links)

Unit 8 Mental Well-Being and Mental Disorder

See also: Health Canada's Mental Health section

See also: Gero 409: Mental health and aging

Unit 9 Health and Determinants of Health

Seel also:

Unit 10 Successful Aging

See also:

Unit 11 Families and Aging

See also:

See also: Gero 408: Families and aging

Unit 12 Social Support and Caregiving no course links)

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)

See also:

Unit 15 Health-Care System and Policy

Unit 16 End-of-Life Issues

See also:

See also: Gero 406: Death and Dying

Unit 17 Environment and Aging 

See also:

See also: Gero 401: Aging and the built environment

Other useful web sites and resources

General resources:

Community Resources for Older Adults

Housing for seniors

  • Aging as a social process: Canadian perspectives [print]
    In particular, see:  Chapter 8, "The Lived Environment: Community and Housing Alternatives in Later Life"
  • A portrait of seniors in Canada [print or online]
    In particular, see Chapter 4.1 "Living arrangements and the family" for statistical information

Statistical information

Style guides