(This story is sponsored by Langara College.)
Finding a fulfilling and secure career is not always easy. But with an aging population, there is an increasing demand for compassionate individuals with an educational background in gerontology.
Langara College offers a two-year program for students to obtain a social service worker diploma in gerontology—the study of aging through psychological, sociological, cultural, and biological perspectives.
On February 15 at 1 p.m., faculty members at Langara College (100 West 49th Avenue, Room B009) will host a complimentary information session where prospective students can learn about the program. This is a chance for those who are curious to ask questions, learn how to apply, and hear about related career opportunities in the field of gerontology.
Program graduates are qualified for jobs in community services, advocacy, palliative care, education, recreation, health-care settings, housing, mental health, addictions, and more.
Students will obtain the knowledge and skills needed to gain rewarding employment through a variety of thought-provoking courses.
Social policy and aging
This course explores how social policy at federal, provincial, and municipal levels impacts the lives of older individuals. Students will learn about the Canadian political context as well as key policy areas like income, health care, elder abuse, and aging in place.
Aging and intersectionality
Older people experience aging in different ways, depending on aspects of their identity. This includes gender, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and disability. Students in this course will reflect on their own experiences, hear from diverse older adults, and discover how to use their knowledge to become advocates of inclusivity.
The practicum course provides students with valuable, hands-on work experience within the aging field. This consists of a six-month, 400-hour field placement in the second and final year of the gerontology program. Examples of potential practicum organizations include Vancouver Coastal Health (Interdisciplinary Long Term Care Team), the Bloom Group (Hospice Care), the Alzheimer Society of B.C., Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice, the University of British Columbia School of Nursing, and Westside Seniors Hub—to name a few.
To apply to the program or for more information, click here.