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GERON 200s

GERON 201 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006420
Aging and Health
This course focuses on the challenges facing older adults and on strategies to promote successful aging. A basic understanding of the physical aging process is explored, distinguishing between pathological states/illness and normal change. Many physical changes and associated functional decline are affected by modifiable factors such as sedentary lifestyles, substance abuse, and diet. Education, environment, and personal supports also play key roles in preventing illness and accidents (e.g. falls, driving accidents, and medication errors). The course addresses the interests of those working with older adults, and anyone who has older grandparents, parents, or friends.
Antireq: GERON 100, HLTH 100
(Cross-listed with HLTH 201)

GERON 218 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006428
Psychology of Death and Dying
Variations in the meaning and significance of death and dying will be considered from a psychological perspective, with particular attention to the contexts (e.g., cultural, familial, life-span developmental) in which these variations occur.
Prereq: PSYCH 101/101R or 121R; Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with HLTH 218, PSYCH 218)

GERON 245 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006430
Canadian Health Systems
This course examines Canadian health systems by considering organizational principles, health resources, service utilization, health care planning, and health promotion strategies. There is a focus on societal and political issues which affect the health of the society through the delivery system.
Prereq: Level at least 1B; Applied Health Sciences students or Statistics for Health students
(Cross-listed with HLTH 245)

GERON 255 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006156
The Biology of Aging
An introductory study of the biological processes of aging at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels. Topics include an examination of the theories of aging, methods used to study the aging process, the role of diseases and chronological changes in the organism during senescence.[Offered: S]
(Cross-listed with SCI 255)
Only offered Online

GERON 300s

GERON 310 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 006426
Development, Aging and Health
The physiology of human growth, development and aging is examined, with special reference to the influence of diet, environment, exercise and disease on the normal processes.
[Note: Formerly HLTH 210/KIN 210/GERON 210]
Prereq: BIOL 130.
Coreq: BIOL 273
Antireq: HLTH 210, KIN 210, GERON 210 (Cross-listed with GERON 310, KIN 310)
(Cross-listed with HLTH 310, KIN 310)

GERON 320 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 006429
Psychosocial Perspectives on Lifespan Development and Health
This course will focus on the normative psychosocial aspects of development of the individual and their influence on the individual's physical and mental health and well-being. Through the use of a developmental systems, lifespan approach, the course will emphasize the life-long process of development.
[Note: Formerly HLTH 220/GERON 220]
Prereq: HLTH 101 and 102, or PSYCH 101/101R/121R
Antireq: HLTH 220, GERON 220 (Cross-listed with GERON 320)
(Cross-listed with HLTH 320)

GERON 352 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006438
Sociology of Aging
An introduction to individual and population aging. Topics discussed include: aging from a historical and comparative perspective; aging in subcultures; aging and the social structure; aging and social processes; aging and the environment; work and retirement; and aging and leisure patterns.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or AHS 107
(Cross-listed with HLTH 352, KIN 352, REC 362, SOC 352)

GERON 355 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013897
Biology of Human Aging
An overview of current aspects of the biology of human aging and the functional changes associated with both normal aging and pathological problems often present in the elderly. Biological theories of aging and normal age-related structural and physiological changes on all of the major body systems will be discussed. Extrinsic factors such as diet and exercise and their role on the aging process will be examined as well as various medical treatments. [Offered: W]
Prereq: BIOL 130
(Cross-listed with BIOL 355)

GERON 400s

GERON 400 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006440
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
This course provides an opportunity for critical discussion and analysis of a range of key issues in aging and aging research, and of health system and health policy issues affecting older persons. Speakers will represent a variety of disciplines, reflecting the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives in aging research, as well as the combination of biomedical and psychosocial factors that contribute to healthy aging or to the development of frailty and chronic disease.
Prereq: GERON/HLTH 201; School of Public Health and Health Systems or Gerontology Minor students only
(Cross-listed with HLTH 400)

GERON 401A RDG 0.50Course ID: 006160
Independent Study in Aging
For the student who desires to pursue a particular topic in depth through independent research and/or extensive reading. A faculty member must approve a student's project prior to registration for this course.
Department Consent Required

GERON 401B RDG 0.50Course ID: 006161
Independent Study in Aging
For the student who desires to pursue a particular topic in depth through independent research and/or extensive reading. A faculty member must approve a student's project prior to registration for this course.
Department Consent Required