Ger*on*tol*o*gy (n): The scientific study of aging and the elderly.
Aging and Gerontology
As director of the Gerontology Program at Appalachian State University, I'd like to invite you to join us in an evolving and growing program.
Gerontology is the study of aging and the elderly. Why should you consider undergraduate and graduate study and careers that include Gerontology? Let me give you a few reasons:
- The population is aging rapidly.
America’s largest generation ever – the Baby Boomers – began turning 65 in 2011, and will continue to do so through 2029, at the rate of 10,000 per day! And most needs of older people cannot be met by robots or computers. Think of the opportunities. Acquiring knowledge and skills in Gerontology will position you well for the growing number of careers working with or for the elderly.
- Families are changing in important ways.
As life expectancy increases and fertility remains low, families will be composed of more generations and fewer adult children (and grandchildren) to help provide eldercare. Acquiring knowledge and skills in Gerontology prepares you to anticipate, participate and assist in resolving issues of aging in your own family, and in families you might work with.
See current opportunities that are available:
- Western Piedmont Council of Governments Project C.A.R.E. Family Consultant
Due to State Authorization, the Graduate School can no longer accept applications for online programs from prospective students from Alabama, Maryland, or Massachusetts.
Director of Gerontology
Appalachian State University