1. Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop an empathic perspective of the older adult’s experience
  • Recognize commonly held biases and attitudes towards older adults
  • Identify strategies for effective communication with older adults


In order to achieve these objectives, we acknowledge the following contributors as we have integrated their thoughts and expertise in the course:

  • Amy S. D’Aprix, MSW, PhD with a focus on gerontology. She is the cofounder of Essential Conversations Project, helping families have the conversations that “they often struggle having in midlife and beyond”. Her primary interest is in the life transitions that occur for people from middle age all the way through to the end of life.
  • Aynsley Moorhouse, MFA, MSW, RSW, a social worker at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto with a background in theatre.
  • Susan Blight, Aboriginal Student Life Coordinator, First Nations House, University of Toronto, who is also a major contributor to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada Course.
  • Dr. Don Melady, Emergency Physician
  • Dr. Kerry Bowman, Bioethicist

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