June 21st, 2021

2:00 - 3:00 pm (PT)


Live Online Info Session


Join us for a Live Online Info Session about our Gerontology course with instructor Alexandra Jackson, who will answer all of your questions live. Ashton College staff will also be available to advise and answer your questions about admissions and other general questions about the course.

The Gerontology course provides an orientation to the psychological and social changes that occur through adulthood and old age. Students will be introduced to basic theoretical models, research methods, and current information on the psychology of aging. A major goal is to contrast existing myths about adult development with the best available empirical evidence to separate myths from realities. Included is a practical emphasis on measures that may be used to successfully prepare for, or adapt to, the psychological changes of aging.

Upon completion of this course, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Describe the goals, issues, and research methods used in the study of adult development.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills regarding common attitudes and perceptions about aging and old age through active participation in discussion forums and assignments.
  • Explain physical and psychological age-related changes in the sensory systems, reproductive system, and nervous system.
  • Describe the key age-related issues involving longevity, health, and stress.
  • Analyze how mental health and normal/abnormal behaviour are understood and describe the causes and treatments of the common psychological problems affecting older adults.
  • Describe age-related changes in attention, perceptual processing, memory, intelligence, and social cognition.
  • Explain the different ways of understanding personality and how personality relates to age and gender.
  • Describe the importance and challenges of the different relationships of older men and women.
  • Describe the issues and challenges of the workplace for older people, including the challenges associated with differences in ethnicity.
  • Explain the developmental process through which people perceive and experience death and loss.

We look forward to connecting with you online! To find out more about the Gerontology Course:

Meet the Instructor: Alexandra Jackson

Alexandra Jackson graduated from Western University with her MSc. in Aging and Health in the fall of 2019. She is currently a doctoral student at Queen’s University studying aging with multiple sclerosis. Alexandra is an instructor at Sheridan College, where she teaches two courses in the Social Service Worker Gerontology program. Additionally, she is a researcher for Niagara College working on health education and curriculum development initiatives. Alexandra lives in Ontario and in her free time she enjoys playing soccer, sitting by the campfire at the cottage, and spending time with family.

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Live Interactive Info Session On Zoom:
All the registered participants will get an invitation and link to join the session through email.