This course examines the interface between health and aging. It examines a range of issues that affect the health of older adults. The focus of this course is on the development of a multidimensional understanding of the factors that affect older adults as they age. A widespread view of aging in Canadian society is one of dependency, disability and decline. However, older adults are living longer, healthier lives. How can health be maximized in old age? What public policies are required to support healthy aging? What are the determinants of health of the aging population? How do social and cultural factors affect the health of older adults? What strategies are available to promote and enhance a healthy aging population? These are examples of questions that this course will address.
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