Gerontology (also known as Aging Studies) is the study of the physical, psychological, social, cultural, and other aspects of aging. It includes the examination of changes in adults as they age, the ways that society changes with an aging population, and the ways we apply this information to programs and policies for older adults.
Gerontology is a diverse field with career opportunities in human services, government, health care, business, public health, education, long-term care, and more. Through education, research, and the application of knowledge of the aging process, gerontologists promote the well-being of individuals as they age within families, communities and societies. As a primary field of study or as a complement to study in another discipline, it is a good time to study aging given changing national and global demographic trends and the growth of the older adult population.