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Department
Health, Aging and Society
Course
HLTHAGE 1BB3
Professor
Jessica Gish
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 1 (Thursday, September 5, 2013) – Introduction & Course Overview Gerontology ­ The systematic study of aging ­ Multidisciplinary field of study (many different types of specialists), including medical professionals,  clinical scientists, and social scientists (includes researchers and practitioners) ­ Aims to produce accurate knowledge about aging to improve the lives of older persons  Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) ­ A national, multidisciplinary scientific and educational association established to provide leadership  in matters related to the aging population  ­ Members of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics ­ Vision  ▯to be the Canadian authority on individual and population aging ­ Mission  ▯improve the lives of older Canadians through the creation and dissemination of knowledge  in gerontological policy, practice, research, and education Geriatrics ­ Sub­field within medicine ­ Focuses on the physical and mental conditions or “diseases” of the aging body and mind  ­ Develops clinical treatments or “cures” for diseases ­ Provides medical care to older people Lowest­Rated Medical Specialty Among Canadian Residents ­ In 2011, only 15 of 31 slots to train geriatricians were filled ­ 3% of doctors in training identified geriatrics as their first choice for medical specialty training ­ In 2012, 239 geriatric medicine specialists practiced in Canada ­ Of these, 4% are under the age of 35, 59% are 35 – 54 and 34% are age 55 and older  ­ This shows that individuals are not opting to go into geriatrics  ­ One of the reasons for this is because of the hierarchy of professions isn’t too favourable towards  geriatrics  ­ Another reason is because there is no cure for aging and individuals want to help others  ­ There are not too many financial incentives for individuals to opt into geriatrics  1 Lecture 1 (Thursday, Se
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