wku aging celebrates careers in aging week
April 6-12, 2014 is National Careers in Aging Week! This event is an annual joint venture between The Gerontological Society of America and its educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The purpose of this event is to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in aging and aging research.
Did you know that every 8 seconds someone turns 60 in the United States? The aging of America's population is resulting in a shortage of people trained to meet the unique needs of older adults. Knowledge of aging is relevant to almost every area of study, and the Minor in Gerontology at WKU as well as the Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies prepares students to work in a wide variety of settings including including health and wellness companies, senior housing, advocacy and policy organizations, financial services, biotechnology, social service agencies, and academic and research settings. Learn more about careers in aging here.
As part of our celebration of Careers in Aging Week, WKU Aging is recognizing some of our wonderful Gerontology students! Check out our Gerontology Student Spotlight to see just a few examples of how the Minor in Gerontology enhances the wide variety of interests, majors and career goals of our students. If you are interested in learning more about WKU Aging, email Marybeth Hunt.
Greetings from WKU AGING
Where age is more than a number
Welcome to WKU Aging!
WKU Aging is guided by the belief that optimal aging is attainable on both the individual and community level and requires implementing holistic strategies.
Interested in learning more about aging?
WKU offers a Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies and undergraduate students may complete a Gerontology Minor. Related options include a Health Studies Major with a concentration in Gerontology or Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Health.
Students have a number of opportunities to work in the field of aging and are nurtured by a chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the national honor society for aging, ACHCA (American College of Health Care Administrators) Student Association and C.O.R.E. (Companions of Respected Elders).
Interested in research about aging?
The Center for Gerontology is an applied research center funded partially through the Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP). Efforts include promoting age friendly communities, enhancing long term care delivery, preventing disease, injury and disability, and maximizing financial and physical independence.
Located within a historically rural environment, WKU Aging recognizes the value of interdisciplinary and intergenerational collaboration in developing approaches that respect the needs of older adults and the communities where they age. Committed to balancing gerontological theory with practice, the Center nurtures dynamic partnerships between agencies working on aging issues, Western Kentucky University and the international community.
I look forward to working with and meeting you!
Director, Center for Gerontology
Professor of Public Health
WKU Aging includes: