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Instructor: Dr. S. Koehn
This web page is intended to help you find information for the GERO 406 assignments. For further assistance, ask at the Belzberg Library Reference Desk or contact Nina Smart, Liaison Librarian for Gerontology (778.782.5043 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Monday to Thursday .
"This course will address contemporary issues as they pertain to the psychosocial aspects of individuals and families living with life-threatening illness and/or the death of a family member, with a focus on older adults. It will be of particular value to caregivers of the terminally ill and of older adults in long-term care. However, it challenges all of us to think more critically about issues commonly encountered in, and often sensationalized by, the media.
Topics of enquiry include but are not limited to advance directives and living wills, the right to die/physician-assisted suicide, palliative care and hospice, dying at home vs. an institution, life-sustaining technology and DNR orders, burial rites, the meaning of death and the afterlife, and grief and bereavement. Considerations of ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, stigma and cultural values will be explored."
For more information see GERO 406's Canvas page or course outline.
- Group Work selected resources from SFU's Student Learning Commons, including project groups
- How to work in a group University of Delaware
- Students speak out on Collaborative Learning Cathy Middlecamp, University of Wisconsin–Madison's School of Education
- Presentations and participation from SFU's Student Learning Commons
Researching and writing an essay
- Start Your Research Here - SFU guide to researching and writing a term paper
- Do you already have a good article (HINT: as in from your reading list) and want more? Try citation pearl-growing, as shown on this Youtube tutorial either A) using an EBSCO database like Ageline right below or B) using Google Scholar
- Ageline the major social gerontology database
- Sociological Abstracts
- CINAHL Complete Nursing and allied health
You can also browse a major journal in the area, Omega: journal of death and dying
- Macmillan encyclopedia of death and dying also in print HQ 1073 M33 2002 "a contribution to the understanding of life." Entries include bibliographies
- Encyclopedia of philosophy B 41 E5
- Handbook of family resilience See part 4: Resilience, Loss and Grief
- Handbook of thanatology : the essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying, and bereavement Also in print HQ 1073 H363 2013
- Dying and death in Canada BF 789 D4 N67 2008 The 2001 edition is available online Covers historical, demographic and socio-cultural aspects
- Death: Current Perspectives BF 789 D4 D38 1995
- End of Life Stories Also in print BF 789 D4E53 2005
- The last dance : encountering death and dying BF 789 D4 D53 2005
- End of Life Care: a national dialogue
- Death, dying and Canadian families includes historical context
- Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel: end-of-life decision making
- Older Adult’s Views on Death 2002 Also in print BF 724.85 D43 C53 2002
- World of Bereavement: Cultural Perspectives on Death in Families
- Discussion paper on a provincial strategy for end-of-life care in British Columbia British Columbia BC Ministry of Health Services
- Provincial Framework for End-of-Life Care BC Ministry of Health Services
- The Pan-Canadian Gold Standards in Palliative Home Care: Toward Equitable Access to High Quality Hospice Palliative and End-of-Life Care at Home Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)
- Dying with Dignity " improve quality of dying and to expand end of life choices in Canada"
- Compassion and Choices " a nonprofit organization, improves care and expand choice at the end of life. We support, educate and advocate."(U.S.)
- Quality End-of-Life Care: The Right of Every Canadian
- Death with Dignity Act (Oregon)
- Of Life and Death - Final Report The Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
- The Definition of Death from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- The Canadian Law Reform Commission’s definition of death (1979)
- Dealing with Sudden Death (Help Starts Here) BC Ministry of Justice
- Beware the 5 Stages of Grief TLC Group
- Meaning of Life and Meaning of Death in Successful Aging Paul Wong, International Network on Personal Meaning
- Quality of Death: Ranking end-of-life care across the world Economist Intelligence Unit
Palliative Care and Hospice Associations
- Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) "That all Canadians have access to quality end-of-life care"
- BC Hospice Palliative Care Association "to ensure quality of care for British Columbians faced with a life-threatening illness, death and bereavement"
- Canadian Virtual Hospice
- Delta Hospice Society pamphlets
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)The professional organization for physicians taking care of people at the end of life
- American Hospice Foundation
- Center to Advance Palliative Care
Hospice Net "For patients and families facing life-threatening illness"
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) Provides professional support and fellowship for medical practitioners working in palliative care
- Palliative Care Council of South Australia useful publications in the Information Centre
- European Association for Palliative Care "palliative care in Europe and to act as a focus for all of those who work, or have an interest, in the field of palliative care"
- International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Providing education about palliative care and hospice in the developing world
- Leading Causes of Death and Hospitalization in Canada Public Health Agency of Canada
- Leading Causes of Death in Canada Statistics Canada; includes ten leading causes of death for provinces and territories by sex"
- Births and Deaths BC Stats
- Infoline from BC Stats; causes of death in BC
- Mortality, Summary List of Causes Statistics Canada
- Life expectancy at birth Statistics Canada
- Americans for Better Care of the Dying "dedicated to ensuring that all Americans can count on good end of life care"
LGBT End-of-Life Conversations Gerontology Research Centre (SFU)
- Right to Die Society of Canada
- Sociology of death and dying from Trinity University
- Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross official site
Growth House "provides content development and syndication services for organizations working with death and dying issues".
- Human Mortality Database providing detailed mortality and population data (requires registration)
- Longevity Game Find out how long actuaries think you will live
For citing research in your in-text references and reference list, refer to the following:
- Citation Guide: APA SFU library guide
- Publication manual of the American Psychological Association BF 76.7 P83 2010 [It's also available at the GRC library, call number RE 550 P82 2001.] Chapter 2 has content and organization of a manuscript as well as examples of papers.
- APA style help from APA
- American Psychological Association (APA) Format from Purdue University