Summer 2021 - GERO 407 D100

Nutrition and Aging (3)

Class Number: 4750

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 12 – Jun 21, 2021: Tue, Thu, 8:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units and GERO 300 or KIN 110.



This course examines specific nutritional conditions and concerns of the aging population. It does so by exploring the nutrient needs of the elderly as determined by physiological changes of aging, metabolic effects of common diseases, and biochemical interactions of medications. The course includes a broad investigation of the psychological, sociological, and physical factors which influence food choice and ultimately nutritional status in aging.


You will examine how early human development and changes with advancing years are associated with nutritional well-being of older adults. We will use the ecological model of health to understand individual, interpersonal, community/institutional, and policy factors affecting food choice, preparation, consumption, enjoyment and security among older adults.

Learning processes include:

  • Lectures outlining key information in weekly readings, supplementary facts and ideas. These will be 75-90 minutes of synchronous Zoom time during the scheduled Tuesday and Thursday classes (8:30-10:00am). They will be recorded and posted immediately for all students.
  • The remaining class time (10:00 -11:20am) is given over to group work on Case Study assignments. The instructor is present to support and guide students during this second half of the ‘class'. If you are studying asynchronously you will be expected to attend these in-class group sessions, unless your group elects to schedule alternate meet-times. To make these alternate meet-time feasible, every attempt will be made to group students according to the time zone in which they are studying.
  • Weekly readings to be done between classes. These will include 5 or more online questions or discussion topics, designed to focus your learning and prepare you for the upcoming class.
  • Some topics covered in brief recorded (asynchronous) supplemental presentations.
  • Support and feedback delivered through asynchronous Canvas Discussions 



  1. An understanding of issues associated with older adult nutritional well-being, across the ecological framework;
  2. Skills necessary for critical analysis of nutrition research and claims;
  3. Knowledge of clinical, community and commercial resources designed to support nutritional well-being of older adults;
Capacity to effectively integrate the above in analysis of an older adult’s life situation and subsequently provide evidence-based, ethical, and feasible recommendations for optimizing nutritional well-being.


  • Case Study Assignments (teams of 3-5 students) 30%
  • Weekly Readings Online Questions and Discussions (individual) 20%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%



  • Sections of online SFU Library Reserve textbook:

Bales, C.W. (2014). Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging, edited by Connie Watkins Bales, et al., Humana Press, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central,


  • Additional weekly online readings linked to the course Canvas site.

Registrar Notes:


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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).