Spring 2019 - GERO 810 G100

Community-based Housing, Health and Support Services for Older Adults (4)

Class Number: 6990

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.



This course presents an in-depth examination of theory, research and policy related to planning, designing, developing and managing housing for independent and semi-independent older adults.


This course presents an in-depth examination of theory, research and policy related to housing and support services for older adults with different abilities and levels of independence. Seminar topics will include: theories in environment and aging, subjective (e.g., meaning of home and psychological well-beng, place attachment) and objective aspects (e.g. universal/inclusive design, visitability) of home environments for older adults; health and housing connection; aging in place with health/support services; continuum of care and range of housing alternatives, community and active aging, housing as a setting for home health care; factors mediating housing/living arrangement preferences and choices; innovative housing and serices and neighbourhood design, health and active living. Students are expected to come to class prepared to participate in critical discussions based on the assigned readings.


  • Attendance and critical contribution 15%
  • Student seminar for research paper 20%
  • Research paper 35%
  • Take home exam 30%



We will be using the Leganto Course Reserve Program for this course. Your course readings will be listed/accessible through that program. Complete reading reference list will be shared in the course syllabus on the first day of class.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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