What is Gerontology?


Gerontology is the study of human development and the intricacies of aging across the lifespan. The processes of aging are both unique and universal, relevant to every person, company, industry and community.

Now, scientific breakthroughs and global demographic shifts are shining a spotlight on the challenges and opportunities of aging. By 2040, 1 in 5 Americans will be over age 65. In 2050, about 1.6 billion people worldwide will fall in that category.

Gerontology has never been more urgently needed, and gerontologists have never been more in demand.

Gerontologists apply a multifaceted model — involving biology, psychology, sociology and policy — to the study of aging.


  • Map the genetic mysteries that are our shared legacy
  • Unlock the secrets of senescence
  • Discover the physiological roots of disease


  • Explore the creativity and humanity unique to every mind at every age
  • Find ways to help preserve the stories of those who struggle to remember
  • Secure the sanctity of the psyche with individualized attention and care


  • Admire the sacrifices and struggles of caregivers and work to ease their burden
  • Deliver dignity and facilitate difficult transitions
  • Respect the beauty and the balance that aging brings to every community


  • Crusade for equality and empowerment through advocacy
  • Speak for those who may not always be heard
  • Craft revolutionary technology and legislation that refine society
  • Champion the past while fighting for the future

What do gerontologists do?

  • Protect the more than 80 million Americans who will be 65 or older by 2050
  • Tackle the biological mysteries of development
  • Believe in the wisdom of the ages — all ages
  • Honor aging as a triumph to be embraced and revered
  • Focusing on elders’ strengths and creativity, rather than losses and frailties
  • Crusade for equality through advocacy and create policy that changes the world
  • Discover new therapies for treatment
  • Deliver scientific and health solutions as well as social services to those in need
  • Study the genetic, physiological, and chemical phenomena of aging
  • Create cutting-edge technology to help and to heal
  • Respect the physical, mental, and social aspects of the aging process
  • Treat those in need with dignity