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Gerontology

Gerontologists are the professionals who are expert in the field of aging and problems related to it. This field involves people from various fields like biology, nursing, criminology, medicine, dentistry, social work, physical and occupational therapy etc.

Career Options

  • - Social worker - Mental health health associate - Geriatric care manager - Geriatric advocate - Healthcare business manager - Grant Writers - Art Therapists - Grief Counselors - Pharmacists - Assisted Living Administrators - Health Educators - Physical Therapists - Herbalists

Educational Qualifications

  • 12th examination, minimum of 50% in aggregate of Physics, Chemistry and Biology from a recognized board.

Personal Skills

  • - Work with culturally diverse individuals - Read and understand primary sources. - Ability to influence and persuade. - Collaboration with other health care organizations - Attention to detail - Employ various analysis research - Review and evaluate goals and policies - Conduct and explain qualitative and quantitative research results

Courses to be pursued

  • - B.A. (Applied Psychology) - B.A. (Hons.) Applied Psychology - B.A. (Hons.) Psychology - M.A. (Counselling Psychology) - B.A. (Journalism
  • Psychology and English) - M.A. (Philosophy & Applied Psychology)

Top Colleges

  • Institute of Home Economics Address: F-4, Hauz Khas Enclave Near Hauz Khas Metro Station, Delhi 110016 Phone: 011 4601 8108 Website: http://www.ihe-du.com/
  • National Institute of Social Defence Address: West Block-1, Wing-7, Gr. Floor, R.K. Puram, Delhi 110066 Phone: 011 2610 6325 Website: http://www.nisd.gov.in/

Working Conditions

A gerontologist can work in all types of settings. Specialists can be found in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, counseling offices, home health agencies, physicians offices, government offices and even in research departments. The work environment will depend on the setting that you are in. If you are a caregiver, your demands will be quite different than if you work in research, policy or management.

Top Companies

  • Singapore Health Services Address: Blk 167 Jalan Bukit Merah, #14-11, Singapore 150167 Phone: +65 6377 2504 Website: https://www.singhealth.com.sg/Pages/home.aspx
  • Greenwich Hospital Address: 5 Perryridge Rd, Greenwich, CT 06830, USA Phone: +1 203-863-3000 Website: https://www.greenwichhospital.org/

Successful Persons

Elie Metchnikoff

Elie Metchnikoff is the founder of gerontology. He researched over the foundational figure of modern immunology, aging and longevity science, and of modern medicine. He is also a pioneer in immunology, microbiology and a vice director of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, and the Nobel Laureate in Physiology. He coined the terms gerontology and thanatology.

James Birren

James E. Birren was one of the discoverers of gerontology who was also the President of The Gerontological Society of America. He is majorly known for his theory where he described aging as three different processes i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary. James was also the founder dean of the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology which was the first professional school of this organized field and director of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. He was also associated with the UCLA Center on Aging for many years.

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