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GERO 408 Families over the Life Course

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Course description:

Instructor: Barry Worsfold

This course entails a comprehensive interdisciplinary study of families and aging. In addition to providing an overview of theory and research in this topic area, a variety of issues are will be examined, including: families in mid-life, sibling relationships, divorce and remarriage, relationships in later life, care-giving, inter-generational relations, elder abuse, end of life concerns, current studies and policy development.[Note: for further information see the GERO 408 page on Canvas. If there are discrepancies between  information listed on this page and that in Canvas or instructor handouts, please refer to the latter.]

Services for Distance Education Students

Consult this guide if you are off campus

Case studies

Most of the information you will need for this assignment is on Canvas. Additional sites:

Term paper

  • Start Your Research Here for an overview of the research process
  • "How to research a term paper" in the appendix  of Harry Moody's Aging: Concepts and controversies [print]

More help:

Books and statistical sources 

  • Fact book on aging in British Columbia (2009) [print]
  • Family Ties and Aging [print]
  • Handbook of families and aging [print or online]
  • Handbook of sociology of aging [print and online]
  • Report on Health and Aging in Canada (2018) Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)  Covers demography, retirement, social engagement, caregiving, health, lifestyle, transportation and LGB
  • A portrait of seniors in Canada (2006) Older but excellent overview, including charts covering demographics, housing, income, health, education and other characteristics. 
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To find books, search SFU online Catalogue; search tips are on SFU Library Catalogue Search Guide.

Sample subject headings:

Journal articles:

To find journal articles, start with one of these databases:

From Article to Citation - consult this guide to obtain a journal article from an article citation or reference.

Additional help: SFU is a member of the WriteAway service in BC. It is an "online writing assistance. Qualified tutors from each of the participating institutions staff the service and provide feedback on students' draft writing assignments."

Learning log

Most of the information you will need for this assignment is on Canvas. Additional sites:

Useful web pages