UM Gerontology Society

Gerontology:

  • The study of physical, mental, and social changes in older people as they age
  • The investigation of changes to society resulting from an aging population
  • The application of our knowledge to make new policies and programs to assist with aging

Background

By 2030, it is predicted that there will be 70 million Americans over the age of 65 - roughly 20% of the population - and there is a shortage of professionals to assist this ever increasing population. Many professional fields have or can have a gerontological aspect, including common medical professions, such as doctors, pharmacists, and nurses, as well as seemingly disparate fields such as architecture and law. The first of the Baby Boomers have just turned 65 and there will be many more in the years to come. Aging will become an integral part of our society over the next few decades and there are many ways to get involved. 

Many states will be leading the trend in the coming years including Montana. We are making strides in the professional, academic, and research fields to advance our knowledge. With your help we can position ourselves to provide improved quality of care and respect for an aging population.