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.

News and announcements

The Center for Gerontology is a sponsor of the next Safe Sound and Secure event to be held on June 16 from 8:00-noon at Kalamazoo First Assembly of God at Oakland Drive and I-94.  To register, please call the WMU Center for Gerontology at 269-387-9600 or email  Please share this flyer with those who might be interested in the event.

Newsletter available
The spring 2014 newsletter is available. 

Gerontology graduate certificate coming beginning in fall of 2015

This 15 credit certificate will be offered fully online with options to meet with instructors and other students. The first two courses will be offered beginning in September 2015. For more information, please call (269) 387-9600 or email