As people age, cognitive and affective function can be impacted by life events, role change, personal choice and behaviour, acute and chronic disease, or environmental stressors. With a view to helping the older individual attain their optimal level of wellness, this course will explore those psychosocial issues through the lens of two theories: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Successful Aging. Readings and course dialogue will help gerontological professionals develop strategies to assess coping ability, identify risk factors that undermine independence and well-being, and promote psychosocial health.
GERO 200 is preferable. Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Human Services Diploma graduates.