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Thompson Rivers University

HLTH 3711: Healthy Aging: A Contemporary Perspective

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.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of HLTH 3711, you 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 topics

  • 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
  • Unit 7: Myths and Realities

Required text and materials

Novak, M., Campbell, L., and Northcott, H.C. (2018). Aging and Society: A Canadian Perspective, 8th Edition. Nelson Education.
ISBN: 9780176700010


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the mandatory final project 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%
Final Project * 30%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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