HLTH 3711
Healthy Aging: A Contemporary Perspective

3.0 Credits


This course provides a contemporary perspective of healthy aging in Canada. Changing population demographics highlight the importance of understanding successful and healthy aging in multiple dimensions such as personal health domains (e.g. physical, emotional, social, psychological, spiritual) and social determinant dimensions (e.g. biology, education, income, housing, social networks, work). The course will emphasize contemporary, 'health across the lifespan' aging as differentiated from the historical model of declining health and abilities.

Delivery Method





Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • Recognize the demographic shift in the Canadian population
  • Critically analyze healthy aging across personal health domains
  • Explore the impact of social determinants of health on healthy aging
  • Identify the changes and challenges associated with aging

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction and Theoretical Foundations
  • Unit 2: Demographics
  • Unit 3: Age-related Physiological Changes
  • Unit 4: Health Status, Care, Promotion and Prevention
  • Unit 5: Social Determinants of Health
  • Unit 6: Changes and Challenges of Aging
  • Unit 7: Myths and Realities

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Novak, M., Campbell, L., and Northcott, H.C. Aging and Society: A Canadian Perspective. 7th Edition. Nelson Education, 2014.
Type: ISBN: 0-17-666432-7

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at start of course.


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the mandatory final paper and 50% overall.

Assignment 1: Unit 1 Reflective Journal 5%
Unit 2 Quiz: Demographics 3%
Unit 3 Quiz: Physiological Changes 5%
Assignment 2: Unit 4 Reflective Journal 7%
Assignment 3: Health Promotion 20%
Assignment 4: Interview / Wiki 20%
Assignment 5: Unit 6 Reflective Journal 10%
Major Paper 30%
Total 100%