GERO 404: Health & illness in later life

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Course description:

This course examines the way aging is related to the experience of health, illness and wellness. The course recognizes the diversity of the aging experience in relation to health, looking at factors such gender, socio-economic status and ethnicity.  [Note: for more information see the Course Outline -2015 - and Canvas page. and page in Canvas. If there are discrepancies between  information listed on this page and that in Canvas or instructor handouts, please refer to the latter.]

Library sources for your short papers

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 and want more? Try citation pearl-growing, as shown on this Youtube tutorial (using an EBSCO database)

Databases for finding  journal articles:

  • Ageline - the major index for social gerontology
  • CINAHL Complete - nursing and allied health
  • Medline - the major medical index
  • PsycINFO - the psychology index, for finding the psychosocial factors of a disease

Non-article Databases:

Selected journals

Books, film and e-resources on health

  • Ageing and older adult mental health: Issues and implications for practice (online)
  • Encyclopedia of gerontology  (online)
  • Gale encyclopedia of senior health (online)
  • Handbook of clinical nutrition and aging  (online)
  • Health inequities in Canada: Intersectional frameworks and practices (online)
  • Remaining light (DVD)
  • Thinking about dementia : culture, loss, and the anthropology of senility (online)

Useful websites

Study and group work resources

From SFU's Student Learning Commons (SLC):