Aging and Gerontology

Formerly: Gerontology

Effective Fall 2017, the Certificate in Gerontology has been revised to Aging and Gerontology. If you formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2017, learn more about how this change affects you.

Did you know that in 2015, older adults outnumbered children in Canada for the first time? Get on the leading edge of this demographic change with our Certificate in Aging and Gerontology! The goal of the certificate is to provide individuals with foundational knowledge in the field of gerontology to enhance their workplace skills and competencies or to address personal interests. The Certificate in Aging and Gerontology provides individuals with an understanding of:

  • the social, political, and demographic implications of aging in Canada and around the world
  • the biological, psychological, and sociological changes that accompany aging
  • the impact of health and well-being, disease, and disability on the aging process
  • the role of social structures (healthcare, education, family), law and advocacy, retirement and economics, environmental design, leisure pursuits, cognitive and physical activities, and death and dying on the process of aging at both the level of the individual and society
  • influencing practice and policy change in the field of aging

Why enrol in this program? Canada's demographic shifts mean most professionals will work with older adult clients at some point, including health and medical personnel, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers, family counselors, recreation specialists, community workers, capacity assessors, administrators, urban planners and designers, and personnel officers.

Our certificate is also relevant to anyone who wishes to learn about the field of gerontology to advocate for seniors.

Completion of the Certificate in Aging and Gerontology will enable students to attain the following goals and learning objectives:

GoalLearning Outcomes
Empower students with practical knowledge and understanding of the unique needs, opportunities, and challenges of an aging population across diverse sectors.
  • understand how demographics are changing in the Canadian population, as well as on a global scale
  • understand the functional changes within aging populations
  • understand the societal changes within aging populations
  • understand the experiences of specific groups affected by aging populations, including older adults, caregivers and service providers, and the experiences of vulnerable and marginalized groups of older adults, such as ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, and the low-income/insecurely housed
  • explore how an aging population is relevant to services across diverse sectors, from the health and social services through the nonprofit and business/industrial worlds
  • identify the benefits of intersectoral collaboration across sectors and industries
  • identify how technological innovation influences the health and social engagement within aging populations
  • reframe practice through the application of an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens, with particular attention to vulnerable groups and intergenerational collaboration
Capacity Building
Equip students with the skills and opportunities to respond effectively to the needs of an aging population, across diverse sectors, using creativity and innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • evaluate current services available for aging populations across diverse sectors with specific regard to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • practice leadership, conflict management, and customer service skills
  • critically analyze theoretical perspectives on aging and their relevance to practice and policy
  • critically reflect on the role of equity, diversity, and inclusion in practice and policy development
  • contribute to individual and group learning in gerontology by providing constructive observations, commentary, and reflections on their colleagues’ contribution and work in the program
  • through dialogue and exchange in group sessions, demonstrate progressively enhanced skills in listening and engaging in constructive and mutually respectful discussion, debate, and cogent discussions
  • explore the use of technology and its application for the aging population in the service industry
Students will use their knowledge of theory, methods, and substantive content in gerontology for real life applications, including practice and policy change.
  • conduct individual and group research and field projects that will result in a deeper understanding of the issues facing aging populations
  • demonstrate the ability to arrange and conduct interviews and evaluate the data gathered identify evidence relevant for practice and policy change in gerontology
  • critically appraise the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of evidence for practice and policy change
  • apply knowledge of the principles, practices, operational and ethical considerations in gerontology to practice, policy, and procedures across diverse sectors and with regard to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion
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