Gerontology (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

  • Registration Fee:

    $790 

Start Date

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Part Time: July 07, 2021 – September 29, 2021

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Overview

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.

Instructor*

Shannon Matheson

Shannon Matheson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012. In the last two years, she found an earnest passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge. She is excited to embark on her new journey as a continuing education instructor at Ashton College. When she has a spare moment, Shannon loves to read, cross country ski and go for walks. She currently lives in Kenora, Ontario with her husband and their two beautiful children.

*Subject to change without notice

Dates

Live Online

Part Time: 

  • July 07, 2021 – September 29, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 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.

Fees

The registration fee for this course is $790.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better 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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