Department of Gerontology
Gerontology is the study of the processes of human aging from physical, psychological and social perspectives. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to understand individual experiences of the aging process and societal complexities related to aging.
The practical or applied side of Gerontology includes providing services to older adults and their families based on a service philosophy focused upon optimism about the potential of the older individual and an awareness of the whole person in the sociocultural, political and economic context of Canada.
Is Gerontology for you?
Gerontology is for students who have an interest in the process of aging and how it impacts individuals and society at large.
Many students choose Gerontology because they have been inspired by aging relatives or friends to study gerontology and try to improve the lives of seniors.
Gerontology will be of particular interest to students with good analytical and writing skills, and strong research and math skills for those who wish to complete graduate prerequisites.
Areas of study
Gerontology offers courses in a range of areas, including aging and the built environment, aging and mental health, the sociology of aging, drug issues in aging, counselling older adults, nutrition and aging, and death and dying.
Classes are held at the Vancouver Harbour Centre campus, and the Department offers opportunities to gain experience working with seniors in the lower mainland through its practicum and internship programs.
Where can Gerontology take you?
- Health regions
- Consulting firms
- Senior centres
- Government agencies
- Care facility administration
- Education and academia