Option in Aging


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. 


In addition to the College of Nursing, the following faculties also offer the Option in Aging:


The Option in Aging consists of 18 credit hours of aging-related coursework within your undergraduate degree program. Most programs allow the student to complete the Option in Aging within their established programs; this means that no other additional courses are required.

To start, there are two required courses. Upon graduation, a student who has met all the requirements will have a “comment” added to their transcript that indicates they have completed the Option in Aging. Many students go on to pursue careers in age-related agencies, companies, and organizations.

By taking the Option in Aging you will get an understanding of:

  • How individual and societal changes and decisions made today will affect people and our society in the future;
  • How all sectors of society have to be responsive to a diverse and aging population in a rapidly changing world;
  • The potential for age-related products, technology and services.

You will graduate with extra credentials and special expertise in age-related fields — essential qualifications for a career in a changing world.


All Option in Aging students must complete the following two courses:

XXXX 2610 Health and Physical Aspects of Aging (3 credit hours)
An introduction to health, well-being and aging. Emphasis on health as multi-dimensional; including physical, social and mental health. Integration of theory and research in examining selected issues related to health and physical aspects of aging.

XXXX 2650 Social Aspects of Aging (3 credit hours)
An examination of the social aspects of aging with an emphasis on understanding the aging process as a life transition involving adaptation through interaction with social and physical environments.

Students will also select an additional 12 credit hours of other aging-related courses. Each faculty has its own list of approved courses to choose from. Up to date and more specific information for each academic unit can be found in the University of Manitoba calendar, or by contacting your student advisor.

Students are asked to monitor their own progress and take the required courses specified by the Option and their own faculty.