What is Gerontology?

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Aging is the most universal of human experiences, a complex phenomenon that shapes individuals, families and societies. Gerontology is the study of aging across the human lifespan.

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

Biological

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

Psychological

  • 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

Social

  • 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

Policy

  • 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