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HLTB01H3F: Health, Aging and the Life Cycle Department of Health Studies University of Toronto at Scarborough Winter 2010 Instructor: Anna Walsh. Term: Winter 2010 Mondays 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Lecture Room: Room AA 112. Required Text: Aldwin, Carolyn M. & Diane F. Gilmer. 2004. Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging: Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc. January 42010. Introduction to the course: course outline, assignments and exams. Brief overview and discussion. What is aging? Introduction to basic definitions and Models of Optimal Aging. A&G: Chapters 1 +12. Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. - Lord Alfred Tennyson What is wisdom? 1 Aging of the population is probably one of the most discussed and debated subjects in Canada today. While some analysts forecast the worst in terms of costs to public services and labour market shortages, others argue that Canada is well- equipped to face this social and demographic phenomenon - and that people shouldnt worry that much about the growing percentage of seniors in the population. Theories of aging Aging processes are plastic, the rate at which we age is affected in part by our environment and our exposure to different circumstances. Psychosocial gerontologists have considered the emotional, cognitive and social aspects of aging. Biogerontologists are concerned with the changes in the molecular, cellular and organ systems that contribute to the rate of aging. Free radicals can increase the rate of deterioration and antioxidants may decrease the rate of aging. Researchers in the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine are concerned with the psychosocial factors that can impact upon an individuals physical health. There is emerging consensus across these 3 fields of study that provide some understanding of the protective factors and harmful factors associated with aging. These advancements have contributed to the ongoing interest in optimal aging. 1
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