• May 17, 2016 - Dr. Anne Glass, Gerontology Program Coordinator, recently returned from an exploratory trip to Cuba with colleagues from the UNCW Schools of Nursing and Social Work and the Dean of our College.
    Aging is becoming a significant issue in Cuba. Almost 20% of the population is already age 60+ and the birthrate is low. The population pyramid shows the large number of Cubans in the 40 to 60 age range, who will soon move into the older age group. It is estimated that by 2050, over one-third of the Cuban population will be age 60+.
  • May 2, 2016 - We had our Gerontology Student Celebration with an oceanfront view tonight. What a great group! We are especially proud of our students, Erin Kerr, who is graduating with her Master's in Applied Gerontology; Alexandria Harman, who is completing her Graduate Certificate, and Sigma Phi Omega initiates: Nancy Francis, Alexandria Harman, Erin Kerr, and Jeveny Starks. SPO is the national honorary and professional society in gerontology. We also wish to express our sincere debt of gratitude to all the faculty who have supported our program this year!
  • April 24, 2016 - This weekend we held our first fall risk assessment clinic at UNCW, which includes the Balance Machine, blood pressure checks, a medication review, and additional data collection. This project is funded by a grant from the UNCW/AARP Secure and Healthy Retirement Initiative and includes a research component. Run by faculty members Anne Glass (Gerontology), Tammy Arms (Nursing), and Lisa Sprod (Exercise Science), with help from a number of students, we were assessing 50 older adults.
  • April 17, 2016 - We are pleased to announce that our student, Jeveny Starks, gave an excellent presentation and WON Honorable Mention for the Best Poster at the 26th Regional Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics, held this weekend in Pensacola, FL. She spoke about how her experience as a CNA will help her be a better nursing home administrator, which is her career goal.

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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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