Since its beginnings as the Program in Gerontology (1979-1989), the first of its kind in Canada, the Institute for Life Course and Aging has provided the University of Toronto with its only interdisciplinary venue for the study of aging.
International Scholarship
The home of Global Innovation and Local Activation in Aging Research. The Institute is the lead on two international partnerships conducting a national prevalence study on elder abuse in Canada and a 6 year project on the comparative utility of paper and digital tools for knowledge transfer in aging.
Knowledge Transfer
Community education and knowledge transfer is achieved in collaboration with the over 2,000 Canadian members of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly and through 10 partner countries. The Initiative has had over a million requests for its tools in Canada alone and is supporting our new campaign "Rethink Aging".
Collaborative Program
Students from over 15 departments and faculties at the University of Toronto participate in the collaborative program.The Institute is engaged in a variety of teaching and educational activities, through formal courses, as well as through research seminars and a new online mini series in aging.
Research Partnerships
The study of gerontology and geriatrics is moving to the forefront worldwide in light of an aging population. At the Institute our mandate is to conduct basic and applied interdisciplinary research on aging from a life course or longitudinal perspective.
Community Engagement
The strategic direction of the Institute focuses on leadership in integrating research, education, practice and policy to improve the bio-psycho-social health of older adults. The Institute for Life Course and Aging aims to contribute to improving the health and social welfare of older adults in Canada and globally.

The Institute for Life Course & Aging has a mandate to carry out research into aging from a life course perspective, including population aging, and the aged in the social, psychological and health sciences. Our director is Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson from the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Toronto.


  • "I really enjoyed the webcast format since it allowed me to view or review the webcasts at later dates. This is particularly helpful for those participating from a distance or who are trying to fit these workshops into their busy work day."
    Elder Abuse Workshop, Participant
  • "Great Course. Instructors were great. My thanks for creating such an wonderful opportunity to learn this important issue in Older adults."
    Palliative Care Course, Student
  • "Very glad that I participated in this workshop; gained knowledge and understanding on various topics, as well as received excellent resources."
    Workshops, Participant
  • "I think it's a very strong program that will become even more important in future years as the number and proportion of older adults in Canada's population continues to rise."
    Collaborative Program, Student
  • "I studied Public Policy and found the perspectives of Social Workers in the class very useful for the work I am currently doing now in the government related to seniors. I look at the life course perspective in my current work."
    Collaborative Program, Student

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Current Course Listings

The Collaborative Specialization courses listed below are offered in the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 sessions

Course IDCourse NameInstructorRoom NumberTime
AGE1200HInterprofessional Psychosocial Oncology: Introduction to Theory & PracticeDoris Howell - doris.howell@uhn.caOnlineTBA