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Director: Maria Claver

Department Office: Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty (FCS) Addition, Room 011

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4495 / 985-4414

Email: maria.claver@csulb.edu

Administrative Support Coordinators: Mikal Lok

Instructional Support Technician: Bonnie Rice

Faculty Interest Group: Michelle Alencar, Cleothy Arellano, Joseph Aubele, Rachel Blaine, Lee Blecher, Kay Cerny, Young-Hee Cho, Maria Claver, Christine Costa, Josh Cotter, Ayla Donlin, Gail Farmer, Anita Fitzgerald, Brenda Freshman, Mohammed Forouzesh, Kimberly Fox, Nathan Gerard, Joy Goebel, William Casey Goeller, Marissa Hansen, Lucy Huckabay, Elena Ionescu, Maradith Janssen, Kim Kelly, Jeff Klaus, Stacey Koeckritz, Jim E. Koval, Peter Kreysa, Vennila Krishnan, Lisa Lares, Barry Lavay, Kimberly Fox Machan, Ron Mark, Katherine Martinez, Theodora Papachristou, Rebecca Perley, Marilyn Potts, Yanling Qi, Nancy Quam-Wickham, Molly Ranney, Wendy Reiboldt, Pamela Roberts, Terry Robertson, Carina Sass, Debra Satterfield, Cynthia Schlesinger, Jan Schroeder, Emily Schryer, Kristin Taylor, Houng-Wei Tsai, Francine Vasilomanolakis, Kim-Phong Vu, Long Wang, Eileen Watson, Barbara White, Kristine Zentgraf, Susan Zhong.

Career Possibilities

General: social services agencies; health care institutions; government agencies; retirement communities; educational and research settings; professional organizations; business and industry; religious organizations; the arts and sciences.

Direct Service: developing programs; providing direct care; teaching in community settings; counseling; advising about estate planning, long-term care administration; advocating for older adults.
Indirect Service: analyzing issues related to older persons; planning, administering, and evaluating community-based and health related services; writing grants; teaching; advocating before legislative bodies; designing products; developing marketing strategies; consulting.

Introduction

Gerontology is the scientific study of the processes and phenomena of aging. The Gerontology Program's mission is to improve the lives of middle aged and older individuals; provide training, consultation and other services; and conduct research.

The Gerontology Program is enhanced by the Gerontology Faculty Interest Group, the Center for Successful Aging and a chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, The National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology, open to students from all disciplines with an interest in aging.

The Center for Successful Aging is part of a complex of centers and organizations on the campus of California State University, Long Beach that are involved with aging-related issues. The Center is a transdisciplinary academic/community partnership to promote collaborative innovations in education, practice, policy development and research.


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