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What Is Gerontology? The Study Of Aging!

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If we have to define Gerontology in one phrase, we would say that it is “The Study of Aging”. Over the years, with improved longevity, the science of gerontology has evolved to show some real improvements. If you are interested in this line of work and want to build a career in it, the first thing that you should know is – what is Gerontology?

Here, we are going to take you through this. We will explain what Gerontology is and why you should study it.

What is Gerontology?

Gerontology is the scientific study of the process associated with changes in the body from middle age to later life. It is a multidisciplinary investigation that concerns physical, mental & social aspects of aging in a human.

Many students tend to confuse Geriatrics with Gerontology. Although they both revolve around the process of understanding aging, they are still very different. Where Geriatrics is the medical specialty that focuses on the care and treatment of older people, there, Gerontology is altogether a separate chapter.

If you are here, you might be planning on choosing Gerontology as your career. If yes, it would help you decide if you know – what are possible career paths in Gerontology?

Career In Gerontology

The key highlight of choosing Gerontology as a career is that it focuses on quite an engaging subject and comes with several different career paths for students to choose from.

Moreover, with the growing population of older people, the demand for community-based old-age adult services increases. These dynamics make this career choice very promising. As we said, there are several different career opportunities for Gerontology Diploma holders. These opportunities scale from private to public retirement homes and community to social work institutes. So, let us get to the list of these opportunities.

List of Career Opportunities For Gerontology Diploma Holder

  • Recreational Assistant
  • Life Enrichment Coordinator and Assistant
  • Day Program Worker
  • One-to-One Support Worker
  • Program Facilitator
  • Research assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Caregiver

About Gerontology Diploma at WCC

Anyone with grade 12 and mature student status can apply for a Gerontology Diploma with Western Community College. With our Gerontology Diploma, you get the opportunity to practice and polish your skills by participating in aging interventions. The duration of this diploma is 30 weeks. You can check the course outline here.

We hope you found everything you are looking for here. If you still have any questions about Gerontology Diploma or Gerontology in general, you can contact us.

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