This course will look at current theories of causality, presenting behaviours, risk factors and therapies for each of these conditions. The impact on family and professional caregivers will be assessed. Dementia nursing care will focus on methods to enhance and retain patient abilities.

Contemporary Issues in Gerontology will provide students with an understanding of how the process of aging affects individuals and how an aging population affects and influences Canadian society. Aging will be examined within historical, contemporary and culture contexts. Topics will include aging and health, aging demographics, the psychology and sociology of aging, finances and economics, retirement, leisure, housing and transportation, and family social supports. Participants will have the opportunity to identify and examine their personal beliefs and values about the aging process throughout the course.