It is estimated that by 2026 one in five Canadians will be aged 65 or over.
The Option in Aging was launched in 1992 in response to the growing demand for qualified individuals in the field of aging. The University of Manitoba has responded to this shift in demographic by offering an Option (similar to a minor in Aging) tailored to this large segment of the population. Graduates with the Option in Aging will have an extra edge in dynamic fields such as social work, nursing, fitness, leisure, family and community support, human nutrition, clothing and textiles, environment, psychological therapy and academics.
The Option in Aging is an opportunity to expand your area of study into several faculties, classrooms, and learning experiences. It offers a diverse and well-rounded degree. You will be taking courses with students in Social Work, Human Ecology, Arts, Kinesiollogy & Recreation Management. It is called an Option because instead of your courses being concentrated within a single faculty, the Option spans five faculties, each of which offers its own specialized and targeted courses on aging.
Students who complete the Option in Aging will have it added as a “comment” to their transcript upon graduation.