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GERO 822 Families, Communities and Health

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Course description

This course critically evaluates and synthesizes key theory, research, and health promotion policy related to the intersection of aging families, communities and health. The principal theoretical perspectives will include: life course theory and social, human and cultural capital; social ecological models; political economy; and participatory community empowerment approaches. Topics include: definitional, conceptual and methodological challenges to studying families, communities and health; community development models and healthy lifestyles; ethno-cultural dimensions of families and communities and their impact on health status and health care utilization; social support and vulnerability; care giving and intergenerational family relationships and well-being; tailoring health promotion programs for urban and rural areas; and healthy public policy for age-friendly neighborhoods and communities.  For further information, see the course outline  and Canvas.

Term paper information


Family ties & aging [print] Overview on the different relationships in the lives of older adults, including intimate partners, immediate family members, and intergenerational family.

Handbook of families and aging [print or online]Textbook providing a variety of discussions on different aspects and issues within families specifically in relation to older adults.

To find books, search the SFU Library Catalogue. Sample subject headings include:           

Journal articles

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Useful Web sites

See also: Sociology Information Resources


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