Across the country, long-term care providers are experiencing a shortage of qualified and committed direct-care workers to address the needs of America's aging population. The Center for Gerontology at Western Michigan University was initiated to address that need.

With support from University and community stakeholders, the center serves as a catalyst for health-related research in aging and provides educational programs and service-learning activities that offer lifelong learning for professionals, older adults and their families.

Gerontology graduate certificate now available

This 15 credit certificate is offered fully online with options to meet with instructors and other students. The certificate was first offered in September 2015. More information is available on the Center for Gerontology website.

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Gernant Scholarship Recipients

In 1975, the Leonard and Frances A. Gernant Gerontology Scholarship Fund was created to ensure that gerontology have a place at WMU. The award provides funds for individuals dedicated to a career in health and human services with an emphasis on the aging. Meet the recipients.

Dr. Janet Hahn participates in 2017 Share the Story: Scholar Talks

Dr. Hahn, coordinator of the Center for Gerontology, recently gave an interview about - Redefining Dementia through Research – at the Spring Convocation in February 2017.  Dr. Hahn’s career has focused on aging and geriatric issues in both public and private organizations. Her research focuses on respect for older individuals in need of long-term care as well as the quality of health care.