Gerontology is the comprehensive, multidisciplinary study of aging and older adults, focusing on the social, cultural, psychological, and biological aspects of aging.
For the first time in Canadian history, older persons now outnumber children according to Statistics Canada 2016 Census. There is an increasing demand for a range of services to meet the needs of older persons and their families.
In response to this demand, Langara offers a two-year comprehensive, applied and interdisciplinary program in gerontology that prepares students to work with the increasing population of older persons. Students learn how to promote, support, and advocate for the well-being, health, and resilience of older persons. The aging population is culturally diverse and the program has a strong emphasis on understanding the aging process within the context of Indigenous and other diverse cultural values and beliefs.
The program integrates theoretical knowledge, skills training, and practical experience. Students learn how to work with older adults in partnership with family members, community groups, and professionals. Practica in gerontology service settings (400 hours) give students the opportunity to apply specialized skills, knowledge and ethics, and develop professional practice skills.
Graduates are prepared for careers in the field of gerontology within a wide range of services; health and wellness, education, recreation, community support, social advocacy, residential and palliative care.