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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 .
Instructor: Dr. S. Koehn
"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
- Presentations and participation - selected resources from SFU's Student Learning Commons
- Students speak out on collaborative learning - Cathy Middlecamp
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 using an EBSCO database like Ageline right below or using Google Scholar
- Ageline - the major social gerontology database
- CINAHL Complete - Nursing and allied health
- Sociological Abstracts
You can also browse a major journal in the area, Omega: journal of death and dying
- Macmillan encyclopedia of death and dying [print or online]
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 [print or online]
- Death: Current perspectives [print]
- Death, dying and Canadian families
- Dying and death in Canada [print or online]
- End of Life Care: a national dialogue
- End of Life Stories [print or online]
- The last dance: Encountering death and dying [print]
- Older Adult’s Views on Death [print or online]
- Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel: End-of-life decision making
- World of Bereavement: Cultural Perspectives on Death in Families
- Beware the 5 Stages of Grief - TLC Group
- The Canadian Law Reform Commission’s definition of death (1979)
- Compassion and Choices - "a nonprofit organization, improves care and expand choice at the end of life. We support, educate and advocate." (U.S.)
- Dealing with Sudden Death (Help Starts Here) BC Ministry of Justice
- Death with Dignity Act (Oregon)
- The Definition of Death - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Discussion paper on a provincial strategy for end-of-life care in British Columbia British Columbia - BC Ministry of Health Services
- Dying with Dignity - "improve quality of dying and to expand end of life choices in Canada"
- Meaning of Life and Meaning of Death in Successful Aging - Paul Wong, International Network on Personal Meaning
- Of Life and Death - Final Report - the Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
- 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)
- Provincial Framework for End-of-Life Care - BC Ministry of Health Services
- Quality of Death: Ranking end-of-life care across the world - Economist Intelligence Unit
- Quality End-of-Life Care: The Right of Every Canadian
Palliative Care and Hospice Associations
- BC Hospice Palliative Care Association - "to ensure quality of care for British Columbians faced with a life-threatening illness, death and bereavement"
- Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) - "That all Canadians have access to quality end-of-life care"
- 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
- 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
- Palliative Care Council of South Australia - useful publications in the Information Centre
- Births and Deaths - BC Stats
- Infoline - BC Stats; causes of death in BC
- 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"
- Life expectancy at birth - Statistics Canada
- Mortality, Summary List of Causes - Statistics Canada
- Americans for Better Care of the Dying - "dedicated to ensuring that all Americans can count on good end of life care"
- 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)
LGBT End-of-Life Conversations - Gerontology Research Centre (SFU)
- Longevity Game - find out how long actuaries think you will live
- Right to Die Society of Canada
- Sociology of death and dying from Trinity University
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 [print]
Note: Chapter 2 has content and organization of a manuscript as well as examples of papers.
- APA style help - American Psychological Association Guide
- American Psychological Association (APA) Format - Purdue University guide
- Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism - a self-directed tutorial about SFU's academic honesty and student conduct policies