Spring 2019 - GERO 409 D100

Mental Health and Aging (3)

Class Number: 6987

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2019
    Wed, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    GERO 300. Recommended: GERO 403, PSYC 241



Psychopathology often presents in distinct ways among older adults. The intent of this course is to examine disorders with their onset in later life and those that extend into later years. Students will derive an understanding of the diagnostic criteria for various disorders, prevalence, theories of etiology, and selected empirically validated interventions. Students with credit for GERO 411, when the course was offered under this title, may not take this course for further credit.


By the end of the semester, students will have the capacity to:
·         Identify diagnostic criteria associated with various mental disorders
·         Differentiate between key concepts in mental health and aging
·         Compare and contrast models of mental health in later life


  • Class participation 10%
  • Leading group discussion 5%
  • Mid term 25%
  • Review paper 25%
  • Review paper presentation 5%
  • Final exam 30%


Active participation will be integral to performance in this course. Students will be required to actively participate and lead group discussions, including brief in-class presentations. Students will also be required to conduct a literature review on a topic of interest related to mental health and aging and to present findings from this literature review. An in-class midterm exam will take place on February 26 and a final exam (location TBD) on April 17, 2019 08:30am-11:30am.



The textbook for this course is Segal, D. L., Qualls, S. H., & Smyer, M. A. (2017). Aging and Mental Health (3rd ed.): Wiley-Blackwell.

Additional materials will be posted on Canvas. GERO409 page: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/research-assistance/subject/gerontology/gero409

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