Looks at how 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 Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and a Successful Aging theory.  Readings and course dialogue help gerontological nurses to develop strategies to assess coping ability, identify risk factors that undermine independence and well-being, and promote psychosocial health.