Gerontology (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

  • Registration Fee:

    $790 

Start Date

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Part Time:July 21, 2021 – October 13, 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*

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.

*Subject to change without notice

Dates

Live Online

Part Time: 

  • July 21, 2021 – October 13, 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 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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