GERO 840 Health Care Issues for Minority Older Adults

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Course description

Instructor: Dr. Sharon Koehn
Telephone: 778-782-9467

This course will explore the health and health care access of minority older adults in Canada and other developed nations similarly grappling with the need to provide inclusive and equitable health services to increasingly diverse and expanding older adult populations.

[Note: for more information see the course outline and the GERO 840 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. See also Dr. Koehn's  website 

Resources for assignments


Recommended books:

  • Age discrimination and diversity: multiple discrimination from an age perspective [print]
  • Canadian immigration: economic evidence for a dynamic policy environment [print
    See Chapter 12 "Health Status and Social Capital of Recent Immigrants in Canada"
  • The collective spirit of aging across cultures
  • Diversity and aging among immigrant seniors in Canada [print]
  • Encyclopedia of health & aging [print]
  • Encyclopedia of medical anthropology: health and illness in the world's cultures [print]
  • Handbook of minority aging [print]
  • Refugee and immigrant health : a handbook for health professionals [print]
  • Seniors from ethnocultural minorities [print]

Search the SFU catalogue -- sample subject headings:

Finding articles

Recommended databases:

Ageline - major database for social gerontology articles
Sample subject terms: Minority Groups; Racial and Ethnic Groups; Foreign Origin; Immigration; Acculturation

Anthropology Plus - comprehensive database for topics related to anthropology, archaeology, and other related interdisciplinary fields.

Canada Commons.
Canadian public policy documents from government and nonprofit organizations as well as think tanks

CINAHL Complete (Nursing and allied health) - database for research articles on nursing and allied health topics
Sample descriptors: Minority Groups; Immigrants
You can Limit searches by Age Groups  (Aged: 65+ years)

Medline - database for healthcare literature including  "research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services"
Sample subject terms: Minority Groups; Minority  Health 
You can Limit searches by Age Related (Aged: 65+ years)

Native Health Databases - database providing access to "health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care" for Native populations

You can also browse online SFU journals such as:

Useful Web pages and resources

Recommended Canadian websites:

 Recommended U.S. and international websites: