The goal of the Gerontology Program is to provide opportunities for learning and practice that create competent and capable gerontological professionals who meet the needs of the aging population. Students are provided with a scientific, broad and integrated view of aging through collaborative relationships with academic disciplines, community organizations, and businesses in order to approach issues of aging from a truly biopsychosocial perspective. The undergraduate and graduate programs in Gerontology prepare students for careers in agencies and organizations serving older adults and their families. Whether you choose to work directly with older adults or in fields that serve this population indirectly, the Gerontology Program has options for studying aging that will give you the skills and experience you need.
Why Study Aging?
Americans are getting older.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 88.5 million Americans will be 65 or older by 2050. Compare that to 40.3 million for that age group in 2010.
It is easy to see why studying the physical, mental, and social changes of our aging population is worth considering.
UNCG Gerontology Program Mission
The mission of the UNCG Gerontology Program is to teach students to apply gerontological knowledge to enrich and enhance the lives of older adults through evidence-based practice.