Gerontology (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

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Part Time: January 12, 2022 – April 06, 2022


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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.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

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

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


Nadia Tajdin

Nadia TajdinNadia Tajdin has been working in Gerontology for over ten years in long-term care, assisted living and community care settings. Currently, she works as a clinical educator at a health care startup that creates interactive technology solutions for rehabilitation and senior care.

Nadia has a Master’s in Dementia Studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. Her research interests are in the field of dementia care and ageing, with a focus on improving the quality of life and care experiences of people living with dementia, family care partners, and care home/home support staff. Outside of work, Nadia writes children’s books and enjoys finding new coffee shops around the city.



Alison Salgardo

Alison Silgardo has lived and worked on three continents: Asia, Europe and North America.  She has been working with older adults for over 30 years in the private sector, with the government and more recently in the community-based not-for-profit sector. Currently, she is the CEO of the Seniors Services Society of BC where she works with multi-stakeholder partners in delivering services around system navigation and providing direct services to support older adults so they can age in place and thrive. Her work also includes knowledge mobilization for agencies and individuals working with older adults.

Alison has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Leadership and she believes in continuous learning.  Her research interests are in the field of city-centred senior care. Outside of work, Alison is passionate about community and enjoys reading, nature, volunteering and coaching.

*Subject to change without notice


Live Online

Part Time: 

  • January 12, 2022 – April 06, 2022
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • Adult development and Aging, 1st Canadian Edition.  John Cavanaugh and Fredda Blanchard-Fields. Thomson-Nelson. 2008.


The registration fee for this course is $790.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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