The mission of Southern Illinois University’s Gerontology Programis to provide instruction, promote interdisciplinary research, and offer services that advance an understanding of gerontology. The program seeks to attract and educate students who will become leaders in both academic and applied settings in order to improve the quality of life for older individuals and their families in Illinois, the United States, and the world.
The Gerontology Program facilitates interdisciplinary research in aging and fosters a strong connection with community partners in Southern Illinois to ensure that aging-related knowledge is disseminated throughout Southern Illinois communities.
Employment can be found in community-based programs, mental health programs, independent living centers, aging programs, and research facilities. Positions may be found in:
Careers in aging can be found on-line at Association for Gerontology in Higher Education: http://www.aghe.org/
It offers challenging and rewarding careers in an area that is growing rapidly, that needs people with a broad range of skills, and that will improve people’s lives.
We live in an aging society, one in which the older population is growing both in absolute number and in proportion to all other age groups. Businesses, government agencies, service organizations, educational institutions, and self-employed professionals from every economic sector are recognizing the need for specialized knowledge and skills to meet the needs of this changing demography.
People who are interested in this diverse field come from many disciplines, professions, and clinical areas such as social work, health education, recreation, rehabilitation services, kinesiology, nursing, counseling, public policy, long-term care administration, medicine, architecture, psychology. Some people work directly with older persons in a wide variety of programs and services in the community. Others work on behalf of older persons in areas such as advocacy and teaching about aging.