Spring 2019 - GERO 401 D100

Environment and Aging (3)

Class Number: 6983

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2019
    Sat, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units. Recommended: GERO 300.



Impact of the macro- and microenvironment as it affects the aged. Discussion of planned housing and institutional living arrangements, territoriality and the need for privacy, home range and use of space, urban planning, responsive design of housing and care facilities, effects of relocation and institutionalization.


The built environment is an important factor in older adult’s physical, social and emotional well-being. Their interaction with the environment is affected by their physical capabilities, psychological needs and preferences, and socio-cultural rules. This is a multi-dimensional process that needs to be looked at from different perspectives. This course provides insight into innovative planning and design principles and solutions for older adults who may have physical and/or cognitive frailty. It offers: an overview of person-environment interaction; sensory changes with aging and their influence on environmental experience; architectural design issues in community and supportive housing for older adults.


1. You will understand the physical, cognitive, and psychological characteristics of the aging population as it relates to the built environment
2. You will learn about objective and subjective aspects of housing needs of the aging population.
3. You will learn about residential alternatives for the aging population.
4. You will assess the residential environments and propose solutions for inclusive/universal design.
5. You will evaluate the impact of site and community planning on living environments for older adults.


  • Team project 40%
  • Short assignments & field trip 20%
  • Final exam 40%


Class Projects/Short Assignments / Field Trip
Team Project: 2-person group
Final Exam



We will be using the Leganto Course Reserve Program for this course. You readings will listed/accessible through that program. Readings include research articles,
book chapters, reports, etc. from various sources. Complete reading reference list will be shared in the course syllabus on the first day of classes. Check the CANVAS site for frequently for updated readings, url for CANVAS: http://www.sfu.ca/canvas.html

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