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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

What is Gerontology?

older lady

Gerontology is the study of aging. It includes the study of the physical, mental, and social changes in older people as they age; the investigation of the changes in society resulting in our aging population,as well as societal influences on how people age; and the application of this knowledge to policies and programs.


Why Study Gerontology?

age panel

Panel Discussion Event at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB (2008) sponsered by Sigma Phi Omega and the Gerontology Program

Populations are aging. People are living longer. These trends are evident in the United States, and worldwide. The growth of the elderly population will continue into the future and will result in a demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging. In addition, studying gerontology will also help you to better understand how you can age successfully. As we say in the field, the goal is to "add life to your years".


Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes