• The Gerontology Seahawks raised over $1,000 for Alzheimer’s Disease and showed their support for those affected by Alzheimer’s by participating in The Wilmington Walk to End Alzheimer’s on November 7th at the Mayfaire Town Center. We extend a huge thank you to the UNCW community and to all who donated to help the cause!
  • Dr. Anne Glass, professor and Gerontology Program Coordinator, traveled to the UK in September 2015 to give an invited presentation at the University of Nottingham. Her talk was entitled, "Opportunities and Challenges for Collaborative Aging," and was presented at a seminar on "Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience." This Economic & Social Research Council seminar was part of a series organized jointly by the UK Cohousing Network with Nottingham, Newcastle, Lancaster, Leeds, London School of Economics, and Sheffield Universities.
  • ANNNOUNCEMENT: Dr. Anne P. Glass has accepted the position as the new Gerontology Program Coordinator, effective August 2015. She comes to UNCW after 10 years at the University of Georgia, where she was the Associate Director of the Institute of Gerontology and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health. She is a leading researcher in the new field of senior cohousing and other elder self-directed intentional communities, with a special focus on the potential for older adults to provide mutual support. She is also interested in ways that communities can facilitate this process and be more age-friendly. For more information, see her biography.


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More people are living longer lives that ever before in history. Aging affects everyone: ourselves, our families, our communities, our nation, our world. UNCW’s gerontology programs are designed to give students the knowledge they need to help improve the quality of life for older adults. This information can help them both professionally, to take advantage of the increasing number of job opportunities, as well as personally.

Students study the processes of aging. Although aging begins before birth, most people studying gerontology are concerned with changes in middle age and later life.It is concerned with the study of the body, intellectual ability, family relations, employment and retirement, health care, programs for seniors and many other aspects influencing aging.

This interdisciplinary program, housed in SHAHS, finds its students working in retirement communities, health care organizations, government agencies, community and human services and many other agencies and organizations concerned with the quality of life of older adults and the aging process. Through our curriculum we offer learning experiences consistent with the competencies recommended by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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UNCW offers scholarships to currently enrolled students. All prospective and accepted School of Health and Applied Human Sciences students are encouraged to fill out their FAFSA and the UNCW Scholarship Application in MySeaport to be eligible to receive awards from the university, college or school.

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