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Aging and Gerontology

Books - Aging and Gerontology, Abstracts, Bibliography, Journals

Aging is a universal phenomenon that adversely affects human beings. Gerontology is the branch of science that deals with old age, the ageing process, and the problems faced by old people in general and in society. It is important to know the aging process, its impact on the individual and on society because the world will soon have more aged people.

The study of gerontology provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of the processes of aging and adult development. It helps to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities and options involve working with healthy and independent older adults, with older adults who have health problems and other age-related limitations.

The number of older people in the U.S. has increased ten-fold since 1900. By 2030, 20% of Americans, about 70 million people, will have passed their 65th birthday. The population age 85 and above is currently the fastest growing segment of the older population.

There were about 65,000 people age 100 or older in 2000, and the number of centenarians is projected to grow quickly so that there may be as many as 381,000 by 2030.

Administration on Aging (AoA)-federal government agency that provides information on state and federal sites and resources

Ageline - Citations for publications related to aging.


Aging and Society of the German Sociological Association. Homepage of the working group on Aging and Society of the German Sociological Association.

Alliance for Aging Research-advocacy organization.

Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center.

American Assocation of Retired Persons - AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older.

American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.

American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR).

American Geriatrics Society (AGS).

American Society on Aging.

Andrus Foundation - Part of AARP, this site provides information on research.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW)-organization of social workers teaching gerontology.

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Children of Aging ParentS (CAPS).

Generations United, formed in 1986 as the first national advocacy organization for public policy and programs that recognize the interdependence of children, youth, families and older adults. It represents the collective voice of many networks for young and old. Sponsors the National Center on Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children.

Geriatric Social Work Practicum Development Program coordinated by the New York Academy of Medicine and funded by the John A.Hartford Foundation.

Gerontological Society of America - The Gerontological Society of America is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5000 members in the field of aging.

Geropsychology Central

Institute of Gerontology (Wayne State University) - The Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology (IOG) strives to contribute to the enhanced quality of life for older people in Metropolitan Detroit, the State of Michigan and across the nation. The mission of the IOG is to increase knowledge about aging, improve the practice of gerontology, and influence public policy.

Intergenerational Innovations, Seattle. Links young and old in volunteer activities.

Intergenerational Program, Hunter College/Brookdale Center on Aging. Refer to them for their Grandparent Caregiver Law Center. Brookdale Foundation focuses on program and research efforts related to grandparents as caregivers.

Kinship Foster Care, Grandparent Caregivers: A National Guide (Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and the Brookdale Center of Aging).

MEL Social: Aging - Aging Administration on Aging and the Aging Network.

National Academy on an Aging Society (policy arm of GSA).

National Center for Health Statistics-Part of CDC, this site provides information on health statistics for all ages at.

National Center on Women and Aging. Women face tremendous challenges as they confront their later years. The mission of the National Center on Women and Aging is to focus national attention on the special concerns of women as they age.

National Council on Aging (NCOA).

National Council on Aging Benefits Website.

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA).

National Institute of Aging : Information on the following programs: Biology of Aging, Behavioral and Social Research, Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging, and Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology Program.

Project on Death in America: Transforming the Culture of Dying (Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations).

Public Policy and Aging Report.

Reports from WHO-Kobe Center, a research center devoted to developing health and welfare systems for an ageing population.

Reports from World Health Organization (WHO) on ageing and the life course.

Resources in Social Gerontology.

SAGE-SW- An arm of CSWE, this program, entitled Strengthening Aging and Gerontology Education in Social Work provides information on curriculum resources and models, research and reports and contains an annotated bibliography.

The Gerontological Society of America was established in 1945 to promote the scientific study of aging, to encourage exchanges among researchers and practitioners from various disciplines related to gerontology, and to foster the use of gerontological research in forming public policy. Publishes Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. The society also publishes The Public Policy and Aging Report.

The Gerontological Society of America's online job service, AgeWork Career Center,

The Resource Directory for Older People - A cooperative effort of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Resource Directory for Older

U.S. Government Census Data.

United Nations Action Plan for a World Aging Rapidly.

World Health on Aging report on active aging.