By the year 2041, it is projected that over 25% of Canada's population will be over the age of 65. As the world's populations age, so does the demand for professionals with knowledge in this field. Gerontology at Lakehead University is very multidisciplinary as seniors require assistance and advocacy on a range of topics from financial issues to sexuality. Gerontology incorporates elements from the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Women's Studies
  • Social Work
  • Philosophy 

As a graduate, you will understand individual and societal influences on aging and their relevance to health and well-being throughout the adult life span. More specifically, you will demonstrate knowledge on the following topics:

  • The aging process from biological, social, psychological and physical perspectives
  • The role of social support and spirituality in well-being
  • Legal issues related to older persons
  • Death and dying issues and ethics
  • Abuse and neglect of older persons
  • Family as caregivers
  • Aging as a developmental process
  • Ethical dilemmas 

We offer the ability to combine your Gerontology degree with a degree in Women's Studies or Psychology. The departments of  Social Work and Sociology also offer Major Concentrations in Gerontology.

Lakehead Advantage

As an Honours student you will be required to complete an Honours thesis in your fourth year, focusing on a particular topic in a discipline of choice. You will have one-on-one access to your supervising faculty member and other resources to complete your research. Completing your Honours thesis provides you with practical experience in the industry, an opportunity to establish yourself in the field and, ultimately, a professional advantage post-graduation.ture.

What our Students Say

Lakehead University had everything I was looking for when I decided to transfer from the previous university I attended. I chose Lakehead for the Gerontology program, small campus, small class sizes...





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