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.
Gerontology Vision, Mission, Goals, and Values
To be an inclusive and vibrant gerontological community, providing high-quality educational programs and empowering students to improve the lives of older adults and the aging experience.
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.
- To provide students with a broad and integrated perspective on aging through collaborative relationships with academic disciplines, community organizations, and businesses.
- To prepare students to be future leaders in a variety of settings serving the older adult community throughout the region, state, and nation.
In carrying out this mission, the program is guided by the following core values:
- We value competency in Gerontology by teaching and fostering the specific knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to work with or on behalf of older persons.
- Person Centered
- We value a person-centered learning experience that encourages academic success, professional development, and personal growth by empowering and supporting students.
- We value the interdisciplinary nature of Gerontology by building relationships and creating partnerships, both internally and externally to the university.
- Connections and Collaboration-
- We value connections and collaboration by providing a learning environment that promotes teamwork and encourages creative, problem-solving among students, faculty, and community partners to benefit older adults and their families.
- Diversity & Inclusion
- We value diversity and inclusion by creating a welcoming and equitable community that recognizes, honors, and embraces the richness that diversity brings to an educational community.
- We value our student’s potential to make a difference in the lives of older adults by emphasizing the use of evidence-based practice to address critical issues facing older adults.
- We value opportunity and access for all who wish to acquire an education in Gerontology by offering online courses and programs.