Before founding Digital Legacy Productions—a company that uses digital storytelling to capture the unique stories of older adults on film in a way that showcases their insights, histories, family traditions, and memories—Jocelyn Vieth completed SFU Gerontology’s Post Baccalaureate Diploma program in 2012.
Vieth came to the program to further her knowledge of the aging population having worked part-time in a retirement residence while she was completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Communications at Wilfrid Laurier University. She says Gerontology’s unique program allowed her to engage in graduate level research and reading while “nurturing her passion for the aging journeys of older adults.”
She recalls that particular courses with faculty members like Dr. Barbara Mitchell or adjunct instructor Dan Levitt (Executive Director at Tabor Village Assisted Living Community) challenged her to think through both the theory and practice of gerontological research; Vieth delved into such topics as the complicated intergenerational dynamics of family and aging, how aging and environmental design are applied to business models, or how students can “think outside the box” and apply entrepreneurial skills to the field in order to meet the needs of the aging population. “The program encouraged me to seek out methods to improve and enhance the social aspects of growing older,” she says, “and I found my niche in focusing on the emotional side of aging, a place in which I could make older adults feel celebrated.”