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.

free safe, sound & secure conference

The WMU Center for Gerontology is part of the Kalamazoo County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition. This coalition was developed by the U.S. Administration on Aging to encourage national, state and local organizations to protect seniors and raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.  Please join us for the Safe, Sound & Secure Conference, Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Galilee Baptist Church.

Refer to the Kalamazoo County website for more information, articles and factsheets related to the prevention and awareness of elder abuse.