Gerontology is the study of aging across the life course. It encompasses the social, psychological, and biological aspects of the aging process. Gerontology is a multidisciplinary field and can be applied to a variety of careers and professions.
The population around the globe is aging and this demographic shift influences every aspect of society. Today, one in eight Americans are over the age of 65 and this number will only continue to grow. We need experts who are trained specifically in gerontology to address the policy and service needs of this new population of elders. Moreover, we need scholars to research issues of aging from a variety of fields of study, such as psychology, sociology, physical therapy, nursing, education, exercise science, social work, real estate, economics, public health, criminal justice, and many other fields.
The Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University has existed for over 30 years and is among the oldest and most accomplished gerontology programs in the Southeast.The Gerontology Institute’s faculty are active researchers and serve in leadership roles in organizations such as the Gerontological Society of America and the Southern Gerontology Society. Gerontology students receive individual attention and mentorship, but also have all the benefits of being at a large, urban university. Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is in close proximity to numerous programs, services, and organizations that provide students with first-hand experiences in the field of aging. The State Capitol, Division of Aging Services, Atlanta Regional Commission, Grady Hospital, and many other are all within walking distance.
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Due to the diversity of the older adult population, the job market in gerontology also is diverse. Older adults use many different types of services such as legal assistance, housing, health care, counseling, transportation, and many others. This diversity means that gerontologists are needed in a variety of professions. The graduates from our program work for local and state agencies, non-profit organizations, health and long-term care institutions, financial and legal firms, as well as private companies that develop products and services for older adults. Some students establish their own aging-related businesses.
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