SGS Resources

SGS Teaching Resource Repository

The SGS Teaching Resource Repository is a sharing resource related to the aging field created by the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) Gerontological Education Committee. The goal of the SGS Teaching Resource Repository is to promote and support the maintenance and expansion of options for aging focused education in a range of disciplines beyond gerontology. To do so, we develop and collect materials related to aging, so SGS members and the public can easily find the materials they need. Most materials are open to the public, while some materials are only available to SGS members by request of the owner.

If you would like to add a resource, please complete the form linked below. The form will open in a new browser tab or window.

The SGS Teaching Resource Repository includes the following:

  • Academic Paper/Articles
  • K to 12 Materials
  • Teaching Materials
  • Additional Resources
    • Books (Textbooks, Novels, Nonfiction)
    • Podcasts
    • Videos (TED Talks/YouTube/Webinar Videos, TV Shows, Film)
    • Websites (Organizations/Resources)
    • Information for Students (list of conferences, list of graduate programs, list of student resources)

How to use the SGS Teaching Resource Repository:

The SGS Teaching Resource Repository utilizes Google Drive folders. If you are not a SGS member, you can access the limited version here:

If you are a SGS member, you must log in to access the full version. After you log in, you may need to scroll up to see the Member Quick Links. Click on Teaching Resource Repository and then click on Google-Drive – Member Access.

If you would like information on how to become a SGS member, please Go Here.

We recommend you begin your search by reviewing the spreadsheet named Instructions for SGS Teaching Resource Repository/Search by Topic.

Resources are grouped by topics (with the exceptions of K to 12 Materials, Teaching Materials, and Information for Students). The topics are described below:

  • Ageism – Resources related to the dimensions and definitions of, experiences with, policies addressing, and evidence based outcomes related to stereotypes, prejudicial attitudes, and discrimination towards people based upon their age.
  • Aging Network/Workforce – Resources related to the growing shortage of direct care workers in the aging network as well as resources for paid caregivers.
  • Careers in Aging – Resources related to the many career opportunities within the field of gerontology and how the study of aging can be applied to any position in any field.
  • Caregiving/Care Partners – Resources related to the relationships of older adults and their informal/family caregivers/care partners as well as informal/family caregiving resources.
  • Cognitive Abilities/Dementia – Resources related to understanding of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment and different forms of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular cognitive impairment/dementia, Parkinsonian dementias, frontotemporal dementias) and practices and research approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and resources.
  • Communities, Living Arrangements, and Housing Options – Resources related to the housing and community options available to older adults (e.g. aging in place, assisted living, long term care facilities), the factors that affect making housing decisions, and how communities are addressing an aging population.
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement – Resources related to death, dying and bereavement from interdisciplinary perspectives including cultural, ethical, and spiritual aspects, as well as end of life care.
  • Economics, Work, and Retirement – Resources related to the economic circumstances of adults as they age as well as the broader economic effects of the aging population.
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect – Resources related to the different forms of elder abuse and neglect as well as ways to prevent and address elder abuse and neglect.
  • Family, Friends, and Social Networks of Older Adults – Resources related to the social interactions and relationships of older adults and the positive and negative implications that result from these relationships or lack thereof.
  • Health and Wellness for Older Adults – Resources related to the seven domains of wellness recognized by the International Council on Active Aging (physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental, vocational).
  • Medical Conditions – Resources related to chronic diseases and other medical conditions as well as the implications of these conditions on the individual and resources to assist older adults with managing these conditions.
  • Medicare, Medicaid, and Medications – Resources related to understanding Medicare and Medicaid as well as medication challenges and medication-related problems facing older adults.
  • Mental Health – Resources related to the most commonly occurring mental health problems experienced by older adults and important factors related to mental health promotion and wellness, as well as strategies, therapies, and services that may be directed at improving the mental health of older adults.
  • Older Minority Groups – Resources related to understanding the unique strengths and challenges experiences by older adults from different minority groups (e.g., race, culture, religion, LGBTQ+).
  • Physical Changes and the Aging Process – Resources outlining normal physical changes that accompany aging, difference between normal physical aging and common diseases associated with aging, and resources to accommodate physical changes as a person ages (e.g., assistive technology).
  • Sexuality and Aging – Resources examining sexual attitudes, sexual activity, sexual behavior, social beliefs and attitudes that may affect the opportunity for sexual expression among older adults, biological changes affecting sexual activity, and other aspects of intimacy important to older adults.
  • Other

1. In the spreadsheet, click the topic of interest in the table of contents. This will bring you to the tab which lists resources by that topic.

2. Topics may include various file formats. You can use the "filter" function to search the types of files you are interested in, such as video, website, etc. After you filter, you may need to scroll up to see all resources in within that filter category.

3. You may directly search for a desired item by using "Ctr+F" function in each topic tab.

4. K to 12 materials, Teaching Materials, and Information for Students are not assigned a topic and are listed separately in the table of contents.

5. Some spreadsheets have more than one tab so please be sure to look at each tab.

Additional Instructions:

1. Some resources are in named folders. Within each folder is a spreadsheet. In some spreadsheets, you may see **, which means the materials will be put in the folder. For example, there are electronic versions of some academic papers in the folder of Academic Paper/Articles.

2. Within folders, you can directly search desire files by using "Ctrl+F" function. For instance, search paper title.

3. Some spreadsheets have more than one tab so please be sure to look at each tab.