Thunder Bay • Orillia

Gerontology Programs Information


Gerontology Program Coordinator L. Martin
Program Committee  
(Psychology) M.J. Stones
(Social Work) M. McKee
Internal Adjunct T. Puddephatt (Sociology)
Program Co-ordinator L. Martin
Program Committee  
(Gerontology) L. Martin
(Social Work) M. McKee
Program Co-ordinator M. McKee
(Gerontology) L. Martin
(Social Work) M. McKee

The Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology evolved from activities of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), formerly known as the Northern Educational Centre for Aging & Health (NECAH), established at Lakehead University in 1991. CERAH was responsible for exciting and respected innovations in community education, academic programming, and research relevant to aging and health.

Programs offered include a three-year BA in Gerontology, a four-year Double Major with Psychology, Honours degree in Gerontology with Major Concentration in Women's Studies, Honours degrees in Sociology and Social Work with Major Concentrations in Gerontology, a Gerontology Minor, an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Palliative Care, and a Graduate Specialization in Gerontology. The aims of these programs are to provide multidisciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to understand individual and societal influences on aging, and their relevance to function, health, and well-being throughout the adult life span.

The goal of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate Program is to promote the provision of excellent care to persons who are chronically and terminally ill and to their families, through education about palliative care, its history, and best practices. The Certificate Program is intended for anyone who is interested in learning more about palliative care. An Advanced Palliative Care Certificate Program is currently under development.

The Certificate in Dementia Studies may also be of interest to Gerontology students. The goal of this certificate program is to provide education about dementia - progressive diseases that reduce cognitive and functional performances mainly - but not exclusively - in an older population. This program may be of interest to professional and family caregivers, who provide care or service for individuals affected by dementia. Admission requirements are outlined in the General Admission Requirements of the Admissions section of this Calendar.

The following Gerontology program offerings are available:
Each program is marked with a TB, O or W designation to distinguish where each program is available.
(TB = Thunder Bay campus, O = Orillia campus, W = online)

BA (Gerontology Major) (TB)
Honours BA (Gerontology and Psychology Majors)(TB)
Honours BA (Gerontology and Women's Studies Majors)(TB)
Honours BA (Sociology) with Major Concentration in Gerontology(TB)
Honours Bachelor of Social Work with Major Concentration in Gerontology(TB)
Minor in Gerontology(TB)
Interdisciplinary Dementia Studies Certificate Program(TB)(W)
Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate Program(TB)(W)