PhD Recreation and Leisure Studies - Aging, Health, and Well-being

Be at the forefront of creating a healthier future

By 2050, more than one-fifth of the global population will be over 60 years old.

The Faculty of Health offers the first collaborative PhD program in Canada with a focus on aging, health and well-being.

The doctoral program is an interdisciplinary platform to develop a broad understanding of the issues related to the health and well-being of our aging population. 

Two researchers at retirement residence having conversation at table with two older adults.

Collaborative PhD

Student stories

Taylor Kurta

Growing up, Taylor Kurta witnessed the age-related stigma her grandparents faced in the health care system. Connecting her passion for music with a drive to improve care for older adults, Taylors PhD Aging, Health and Well-being research aims to use collaborative song writing with people living with dementia as a tool to expose and challenge the harmful consequence of dementia-stigma.

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Taylor playing guitar at home music studio

Arany Sivasubramaniam

Arany has always had a passion for health care. For as long as she can remember being able to help people has always been something that she cares about. Now enrolled as a PhD Aging, Health and Well-being student her research is looking at how to abolish the medical industrial complex by looking at the experiences of the BIPOC community.

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Arany Sivasubramaniam