About Us

We are a community of faculty, researchers, and students looking at aging from an interdisciplinary perspective. Issues covered in courses and research include: Aging and the Built Environment, Changing Demography and Lifestyles, Health Promotion/Population Health and Aging, Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect, Technology and Aging, Sociology of Aging, and Culture and Aging. The Department of Gerontology has over 30 years of experience in providing interdisciplinary education in aging. The Gerontology Research Centre has had an active program of research, collaboration and knowledge dissemination since 1982.

Population aging is one of the most significant demographic phenomena of the 21st century that will shape healthcare, finance, social services, housing, transportation, as well as experiences of aging at the individual, family and community level. In the coming years, as the number of boomers increases exponentially, issues related to quality of life, formal and informal care and societal adaptations to an aging population will become even more important. As this demographic trend poses certain challenges, it also presents many opportunities for social, technological, health and environmental innovations that can improve and maximize the lives and potential of people as the move along their life course.

Our faculty members are internationally known researchers in the areas of population aging, health care and health promotion, built environment, dementia care, families and community, technology, and the study of ethno-cultural and vulnerable group topics. The department is supported by the Gerontology Research Centre. Departmental faculty and Gerontology Research Centre’s staff are highly successful in securing substantial external research funding and they regularly publish in top-tier academic journals in gerontology and social sciences. Faculty members are also active in knowledge translation activities and other engagements with various entities in the broader community, such as seniors’ care and service providers, non-profit organizations, regional health authorities, local and federal governments.

I invite you to explore our website for further information on our academic programs, student and alumni profiles, cutting-edge research projects, high-impact publications, and faculty research areas. If you have any question about the academic programs, please email at; also feel free to email any of our faculty members with queries regarding their respective research areas.

Welcome to Gerontology!

Habib Chaudhury, PhD // Chair and Professor

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Simon Fraser University
#2800-515 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V6B 5K3

Dora Lau
Manager, Academic and
Administrative Services

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