Spring 2022 - GERO 822 G100

Families, Communities and Health (4)

Class Number: 6565

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Thu, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.



Critically evaluates and synthesizes key theory, research and health promotion policy related to the intersection of aging families, communities and health. The principal theoretical perspectives will include: life course theory; social, human and cultural capital; ecological models; political economy; and community empowerment approaches. Equivalent Courses: GERO840


This course critically evaluates and synthesizes key theory, research, and health promotion policy related to the intersections of agingand older adults, families, communities, and health.Theoretical and conceptual perspectives will include: life course theory; social ecological, environmental, and critical feminist, emancipatory, intersectionality models. Topics will include: definitional, conceptual and methodological challenges to studying families and the linkages among families, communities and health; diversity and changing family patternsand intergenerational relations; caregiving and partnership status/extended family networks; social support and resiliency/vulnerability in family health; ethno-cultural minority issuesandbarriers/accesstohealth care utilization; tailoring community health promotion programs to fit the needs of aging families; and healthy public policy for age-and family-friendly communities at the local, national and global levels.




  • Seminar Critiques 30%
  • Critique Presentation 15%
  • Student Led Seminar 15%
  • Final Research Paper 40%



Web links for electronic copies of the required readings will be provided on Canvas.

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