Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of the social, cultural, psychological, cognitive, and biological aspects of ageing. The word was coined by Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov in 1903, from the Greek γέρων, geron, "old man" and -λογία, -logia, "study of". The field is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that specializes in the treatment of existing disease in older adults. Gerontologists include researchers and practitioners in the fields of biology, nursing, medicine, criminology, dentistry, social work, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, economics, political science, architecture, geography, pharmacy, public health, housing, and anthropology.

The multidisciplinary nature of gerontology means that there are a number of sub-fields which overlap with gerontology. There are policy issues, for example, involved in government planning and the operation of nursing homes, investigating the effects of an ageing population on society, and the design of residential spaces for older people that facilitate the development of a sense of place or home. Dr. Lawton, a behavioral psychologist at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, was among the first to recognize the need for living spaces designed to accommodate the elderly, especially those with Alzheimer's disease. As an academic discipline the field is relatively new. The USC Leonard Davis School created the first PhD, master's and bachelor's degree programs in gerontology in 1975.

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Scholarships for Gerontology Majors

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Up to $30,000

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Joseph L. Ruby Student Scholarship

Direction Home Akron Canton

$5,000 September 30, 2022 See Details
 

Joseph L. Ruby Student Scholarship

Direction Home Akron Canton

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$5,000

deadline

September 30, 2022
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SBB Research STEM Scholarship

SBB Research Group

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

SBB Research STEM Scholarship

SBB Research Group

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$2,500

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Catholic Scholarship - Community Foundation of N. Central WI

Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

Catholic Scholarship - Community Foundation of N. Central WI

Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin

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$2,500

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Renaissance Society Scholarship

California State University, Sacramento

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

Renaissance Society Scholarship

California State University, Sacramento

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$2,500

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William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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$2,000

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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

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$2,000

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Aging Matters Scholarship

SeniorCare.com

$1,500 May 15, 2023 See Details
 

Aging Matters Scholarship

SeniorCare.com

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$1,500

deadline

May 15, 2023
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Robert and Betty Barbour Scholarship

Madonna University

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Robert and Betty Barbour Scholarship

Madonna University

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$1,000

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Outer Drive Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

Madonna University

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Outer Drive Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

Madonna University

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$1,000

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