Gerontology, the study of aging, is dynamic and diverse; the interests and needs of an aging population are complex. Gerontology focuses on a wide variety of topics, including health and active lifestyles, learning, retirement, caregiving, illness, employment, sexuality, coping strategies, and policies and practices that support people to age well. Gerontology also focuses on policies that contribute to and support age-friendly communities and societies.
Given the interdisciplinary nature of Gerontology, the Department of Health Sciences collaborates with a number of academic units within the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work), the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (Philosophy, Sociology, Women's Studies), and the Faculty of Education, to deliver the Gerontology program. In addition, the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) at Lakehead University has played a vital role in the Gerontology program. The researchers at CERAH not only create new knowledge, they also play an important role in educating the community about aging and health, and creating a space in which those with an interest in aging can connect, collaborate, and share.
As Canada's aging population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, the need for experts and advanced education n gerontology increases. Gerontology graduates will find employment opportunities in areas such as: Health and Social Programs, Research, Policy Development, and Education.
The Department of Health Sciences offers several undergraduate programs in the field of Gerontology. For more information, click the following:
The Department of Health Sciences also offers two certificate programs intended for professionals working in related fields. These certificate programs are offered using a variety of distance delivery methods - for example, web-based/online and interactive audio-video streaming. For more information, click the following:
- Interdisciplinary Dementia Studies Certificate Program
- Interdisciplinary Certificate in Palliative Care Program
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