Learn about the aging population, one of the most significant demographic phenomena of the 21st century which will shape significant public policies including healthcare, social services, housing, transportation, and much more. 

Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of older adults and the physical, social, and psychological aspects of aging. It examines how individuals, families, and communities are impacted by the process of aging.

About Gerontology

The Department of Gerontology is a community of faculty, researchers, and students looking at aging from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Issues covered in courses and research include:

  • Population health and aging
  • Aging and the built environment
  • Technology and aging
  • Sociology and aging
  • Changing demography and lifestyles
  • Prevention of elder abuse and neglect
  • Culture and aging

Classes are held at the Simon Fraser University campus in Vancouver and we offer opportunities to gain experience working with seniors in the Lower Mainland through our practicum and internship programs.

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Last updated June 26, 2023


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Got questions? Contact Dora Lau, Manager, Academic and Administrative Services in the Department of Gerontology.

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Gerontology is one of the high-growth areas of the 21st century. More than 14 per cent of the population, or five million Canadians, are over 65. That number will double in the next 25 years. This population bulge will have a big impact on the health care sector and a variety of companies and services as they begin to “gerontologize” products and services.

Our students have succeeded in many different careers including:

  • Healthcare
  • Public health
  • Social work
  • Nursing
  • Public policy
  • Education
  • Academia

“I am passionate about this field because I find the dynamic process of aging so fascinating! The field of Gerontology is important as it aims to understand the dynamic aging process in a multidimensional fashion in order to better support the aging population. More than anything, I am excited to learn more about as well as research the various impacts of intergenerational initiatives.”

Rachelle Patille 

Graduate Student | Master of Arts in Gerontology

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Dr. Barbara Mitchell describes GERO 408: Families over the Life Course.

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