People are living longer than ever before, which makes this an exciting time to study gerontology at Central!
What is Gerontology?
Gerontology is the study of the aging, including:
- the study of physical, mental, and social changes in older people as they age
- the investigation of the changes in society resulting from our aging population
- the application of this knowledge to policies and programs.
Gerontologists improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of persons as they age within their families, communities and societies through research, education and application of interdisciplinary knowledge of the aging populations.
Why Study Gerontology?
The U.S. Department of Labor has identified careers in aging as a high-growth industry. Connecticut has the 7th oldest population in the U.S., and by 2030, over 25% of our state’s population will be 60 years of age or older. The longevity dividend describes the benefits that accrue when people live longer and healthier lives. Are you ready to take advantage of the longevity dividend?
An aging society means new opportunities across wide sectors including business, technology, travel, entertainment, design, urban planning, healthcare, and more. Are you ready? If you are an undergraduate, take a class about aging or become a Gerontology Minor. If you already have a degree or are pursuing a graduate degree, add a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology to your credentials.
Explore our website for more details on our programs and upcoming events. Contact the Gerontology Coordinator or any of our gerontology faculty to learn more about gerontology at Central.