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 the Gerontology course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Nadia 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 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.
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The registration fee for this course is $790.
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.