Gerontology

New Programs in Gerontology!

New on-campus, interdepartmental Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in Gerontology beginning Fall of 2015!


New demographic – new career possibilities

branding_choose_101There are more people over the age of 65 alive today than any other period in history. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of older persons will surpass the number of children within 10 years.

The ISU Gerontology Program applies a cross-section of university-wide disciplines to the study of aging to prepare graduates in diverse areas of a profession with almost unlimited growth and reach. The program strengths include:

  • A cross-departmental curriculum allows students to pursue their own interests and gain skills in a wide variety of gerontology-related areas: from architecture to exercise to technology. Faculty/discipline areas »
  • Online programs are available for working professionals. Students benefit from available online-only programs and online programs that combine with on-campus courses. More »
  • Gerontology program collaborates with other universities and colleges across the state to improve gerontology education. ICAP »
  • Faculty, staff, and students are involved in a variety of programs and services that directly help older Iowans. More »
  • Gerontology research on campus addresses issues from the lab to the community. More »

Gerontology News from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State alumni advocate for older adults
Iowa State University human development and family studies alumni are advocating for older adults and educating a workforce to help meet their needs.
Carl Weems to lead human development and family studies at Iowa State University
Carl Weems, a scholar and leader in psychopathology and mental health, will take the helm of human development and family studies at Iowa State University, effective July 1.
Iowa State researchers urge rural states to prepare for aging
Older adults living in rural states are at risk of lacking access to the resources they need, according to a new study led by Iowa State University.
Nearly $2 million grant to aid Iowa State study tracking evolution of couples into later adulthood
An assistant professor in human development and family studies received a $1.9 million grant to study later adulthood.
Anonymous donors establish endowed Dean’s Chair in the College of Human Sciences
Pamela White is the inaugural holder of the new dean's chair, which allows her unrestricted use of earnings to advance the college’s priorities.
  Iowa State partnership to improve awareness and access to dementia services
Iowa State is partnering with the Iowa Department on Aging and the Iowa Alzheimer’s Association to improve access to dementia-capable services. ISU gerontology program director Jennifer Margrett says the partnership will help shore up gaps in services.
Iowa State adds graduate degrees in gerontology
Iowa State University now offers on-campus, interdepartmental master’s and doctoral degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging.
Iowa State partnership helps address needs of an aging population
College of Human Sciences researchers are among those working with Northcrest Community to provide older adults with options to maintain their lifestyle.
ISU researchers use video games to bridge generational gap and get older adults moving
Iowa State professors developed the "Living well through Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise" program, which uses video games to get older adults moving.
Iowa State students help older adults get active
Students in an Iowa State University kinesiology course will help with assessments during Active Aging Week, in an effort to encourage people to be more active and see the benefits of exercise.
  • Attending Conferences

    Faculty and students attended the 2014 Gerontological Society of America conference in Washington D.C.

  • Why study aging?

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    In this video students from several Iowa schools share advice and insights about the study of gerontology, rewarding and diverse career options, and job security well into the future.

    (Video by ICAP partners and the Iowa Gerontological Society)

  • Did You Know?

    Aging individuals and their families can locate resources like Powerful Tools for Caregivers offered through Iowa State Extension and Outreach.