Gerontology is the study of aging. Because human development involves physiological, sociological, and psychological processes, gerontology draws upon the work of many disciplines. The University of Wisconsin-Stout brings these various disciplines together in the Specialization in Gerontology. This specialization is designed for students who anticipate employment in the field of aging.
- Analyze physical, psychological, social, and relational processes in late adulthood.
- Develop new skills/practices for interacting in a developmentally and culturally sensitive manner with older adults in direct or indirect service settings.
- Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of aging across the lifespan with a specific focus on developmental issues in later life.
- Explain physiological processes experienced by older individuals.
- Examine cultural and societal factors affecting older adults and their families.
- Explain the physical and psychological dimensions and impact of disability from a developmental perspective.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills for interacting with older adults.
- Assess dietary needs and nutrition programs for older individuals.
- Examine counseling approaches and techniques for working with older adults and their families.
- Examine resources, services, and products available to assist older adults.
If you are pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree at UW-Stout, you may expand your employment opportunities by completing this specialization. If you are already working in the field, you may wish to complete the specialization on a part-time basis in order to enhance your expertise in gerontology.
The populations of the U.S. and world are growing older, precipitating important changes in social policies and health. By the year 2030, approximately 22 percent of the American population will be 65 years or older, nearly double what it is currently. These growing numbers of elderly will increase demand for individuals trained in gerontology.
Career opportunities exist in many fields, especially:
- community services
- health sciences
- nutrition and dietetics
- health and physical education
- health care administration
- public policy
The specialization is administered out of the Department of Human Development, Family Living and Community Educational Services.