Zachary Seguin

GERON Courses

GERON 201 – 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.

GERON 210 – 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.

GERON 218 – 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.

GERON 220 – Psychosocial Perspectives on Lifespan Development and Health

This course will focus on psychosocial aspects of development of the individual and their influence on the individual's health and well-being. Through the use of the lifespan approach, the course will emphasize development as a life-long process, but will place particular emphasis on health and aging.

GERON 245 – 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.

GERON 255 – 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]

GERON 310 – 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.

GERON 320 – 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.

GERON 352 – 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.

GERON 355 – 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]

GERON 400 – 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.

GERON 401A – 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.

GERON 401B – 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.