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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Renaissance Society Scholarship

California State University, Sacramento

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Renaissance Society Scholarship

California State University, Sacramento

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William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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William and Effa McMeans Scholarship

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

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Len Cargan Endowed Fund for Returning Students Award

Wayne State University

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Len Cargan Endowed Fund for Returning Students Award

Wayne State University

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Leonard Gernant and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship

Western Michigan University

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Leonard Gernant and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship

Western Michigan University

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Dorothy Fruit Gerontology Student Scholarship

Kent State University, College of Fine and Professional Arts

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Dorothy Fruit Gerontology Student Scholarship

Kent State University, College of Fine and Professional Arts

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AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

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AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

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Cornelia S. Hodges ZONTA Scholarship

University of Illinois at Springfield

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Cornelia S. Hodges ZONTA Scholarship

University of Illinois at Springfield

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Wade McCree Blue Care Network of SE Michigan Scholarship

Eastern Michigan University - College of Health & Human Services

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Wade McCree Blue Care Network of SE Michigan Scholarship

Eastern Michigan University - College of Health & Human Services

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Ulla Rydberg Scholarship

University of Florida, College of Design, Construction and Planning

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Ulla Rydberg Scholarship

University of Florida, College of Design, Construction and Planning

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