• Eleanor Krassen Covan, Professor Emerita of Gerontology, has been selected to receive the Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition by Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AHGE). This award acknowledges her significant service to AGHE through her active participation through the years on numerous AGHE committees, as well as for her impressive and valuable contributions as an AGHE representative for UNCW.

    Mildred Seltzer, Ph.D., passed away in November 1994 and the honor was named after her as a symbol of her own long and faithful service to AGHE. The award is given only to individuals who are nearing retirement or who have already retired and moreover only those who have made a true contribution to AGHE may receive it.

    Ellie will be presented with this honor at AGHE’s 41st Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, February 26 – March 1, 2015. It is wonderful tribute to Ellie’s hard work and dedication to make our program a success!
  • Lyubov Yarova (MS in Applied Gerontology 2012) had her final project published by Health Care for Women International. The citation is: Yarova, L., Covan, E.K., & Fugate-Whitlock, E.I. (2013). Effect of acculturation and health beliefs on utilization of health care services by elderly women who immigrated to the USA from the former Soviet Union. Health Care Women International, 34(12):1097-115. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2013.807259

  • Luis Paschoa (MS in Applied Gerontology 2012) had his final project accepted for publication by Activities, Adaptation & Aging. The citation is: Paschoa, L., & Ashton, C. (in press). The effects of an exercise program for older rural adults. Activities, Adaptation & Aging.

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UNCW's graduate gerontology programs offer distance education with a foundation of community engagement.

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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