Gerontology - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Driving status and out-of-home social activity levels : the case of older male veterans

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Andrew Wister
Department: 
Gerontology
Thesis type: 
Project (M.A.)

Economic security for an aging Canadian population

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1997
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Gloria Gutman
Department: 
Gerontology
Thesis type: 
Thesis (Ph.D.)

Social support, personality, and independent living in the elderly

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1986
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Michael Coles
Department: 
Gerontology
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)

Older men in prison : emotional, social, and physical health characteristics

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1988
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Gloria Gutman
Department: 
Gerontology
Thesis type: 
Thesis (Ph.D.)

The effect of tenure type, age mix and subjective housing variables on housing satisfaction and wellbeing of older residents in rental, co-operative and strata title housing

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Gloria Gutman
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Special Arrangements
Thesis type: 
(Dissertation) Ph.D.

Modifications to the hospital physical environment : effect on older adults retention of post-discharge instructions

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
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This study was conducted in two (originally identical) hospital bedrooms in a community hospital in Burnaby, British Columbia. For the study, one patient room was left in its original state; the second was modified to reduce visual and auditory distraction. In each room, older adults watched a video recording of different post-discharge instructions. After each viewing, and after approximately 24 hours, their learning/retention was tested. While in each room, video equipment and other non-invasive technology recorded physical movements/fidgeting. A significant interaction was found between room type, instruction type and order. Subsequent analyses found that the oldest participants had the most difficulty when faced with learning the more difficult instructions in the "typical" room. Movement/fidget data suggest that participants were less stressed while receiving instruction in the modified room rather than "typical" room. Participants overwhelmingly preferred the modified room and expressed comfort with the use of video to receive post-discharge instruction. NOTE: This thesis constitutes Study 3a of the following report series:(1) Gutman, G.M., Love, T., Parke, B., & Friesen, K. (2006). Towards more elder friendly acute hospitals: Study 1: The physical environment in ACE units: Design specifics and staff ratings Final report. Vancouver, BC: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University.(2) Gutman, G.M., Sarte, A., Parke, B., & Friesen, K. (2006). Towards more elder friendly acute hospitals: Study 2: The elder friendliness of the physical environment of medical and surgical units in the Fraser Health Authority: Final report. Vancouver, BC: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University.(3) Gutman, G.M., & Love, T. (2008, January). Towards more elder friendly hospitals: Final report - Studies 3b and 3c. [Report submitted to Fraser Health Geriatric Clinical Service Planning and Delivery Team]. Vancouver, BC: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University.

Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Dr. Gloria Gutman
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Gerontology
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.