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Dr. Elisabeth O. Burgess, Director

The Gerontology Institute at GSU is leading the way in an aging society. Through research, practice, and service our faculty and students are making a difference in this growing field. As life expectancies rise, this demographic shift will alter communities and families in numerous ways. In Georgia, the older adult population is growing at a significantly faster rate than other age groups. By 2020, over 1.5 million Georgians will be sixty-five or older. Many will be healthier and better off than previous generations, while others will reach older age after a lifetime of disadvantage. In order to address these divergent needs in Georgia and beyond, we need experts who are trained in gerontology and prepared to lead the changing policy and service needs of this new population of elders.

In existence for almost 40 years, the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University has trained multiple generations of scholars and professionals who are actively engaged in addressing the diverse needs of older adults and our aging society. Today, the Institute includes a core faculty of experts who work in the interdisciplinary field of gerontology and a diverse group of affiliate faculty who research aging issues within their own disciplines. We offer a Masters Degree, Graduate Certificate, Undergraduate Certificate and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology. In addition to classwork, our students have numerous opportunities to engage in the field through student organizations, volunteer events, lecture series, research assistantships, and internships.

I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the Gerontology Institute programs, faculty, students, and alumni.

Elisabeth O. Burgess
Director, Gerontology Institute
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