Center for Gerontology


What is Gerontology?

Gerontology is the study of aging from a multidisciplinary perspective. It focuses on both the normal and problematic aspects of aging.

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Knowledge about the aging process is gained from two major sources. First, gerontology uses relevant theory and research from such basic disciplines as biology, physiology, sociology, psychology, and family studies. Second, gerontology gathers data from applied human service-related professions such as social work, nursing, dietetics, adult education, counseling, and public administration. In addition, because the “greying” of the population is an international phenomenon, gerontology draws on insights gained from cross-cultural studies to understand differences and similarities the aging experience in various cultures.