ACT301 - Effective Programs for Aging Persons

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Subject Title
Effective Programs for Aging Persons

Subject Description
Study various techniques that the Activationist can adopt to develop appropriate group and client specific activities.  Share resources and learn about health considerations, cultural beliefs and cognitive functioning levels that can affect the planning of seniors' activities.

Credit Status
1 Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Develop individual programming
  • Implement activities for various cognitive functioning levels
  • Involve family members in programming
  • Create programs according to individual needs and interests
  • Understand the importance of variety of programming
  • Alter program according to individual cultural beliefs
  • Provide therapeutic programming
  • Generate short and long term goals for activity programs

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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Introduction to Activation (ACT300)

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to Course
  • Brain Fitness
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Therapeutic Programming
  • Activities with purpose
  • Exercise
  • Spiritual Programming
  • Sensory Stimulation
  • Death of a Client / Resident
  • Family Involvement
  • Individual Programming
  • Review and Sharing of Resources

Mode of Instruction
The course is divided into 14 self-directed lessons that will guide your studies  and progress through the course.  Each lesson includes study notes and assignments for submission.  In addition, the opportunity to submit questions and comments both privately and to a public discussion area will be available.

Prescribed Texts

Supportive Therapy, 2nd ed., Revised 1998
Len Fabiano
FCS Press

Reference Material

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Assignment #1 10%
Assignment #2 60%
Assignment #3 15%
Assignment #4 15%

Your final grade will be issued by your registering College.

Towards the end of the course a message will be posted, prompting you to complete an on-line course evaluation.  All evaluations are reviewed by the Host College and OntarioLearn.  Student feedback via the evaluations provides the foundation for maintaining high standards in all OntarioLearn courses so if this course met your expectations, we need to know - if it did not, we need to know that too.

Approved by: Lisa Somers