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Gerontology degree programs focus on many different areas, including the biology, psychology and the views of aging based on society, literature, history, philosophy and religion.
Many colleges and universities across the country offer gerontology programs that prepare students for careers assisting the elderly.
High School Preparation
Students interested in pursuing a gerontology degree in college can begin preparing in high school. Advanced Placement courses in math and science will be especially helpful for college preparation.
According to the Princeton Review website, courses in English, philosophy, psychology, government and history will also be beneficial.
Outside of school, consider volunteering at a nursing home or senior center to become more familiar with the elderly and the aging issues they face.
Unlike geriatrics, which mostly studies medical issues associated with aging, gerontology studies aging and old age in a more interdisciplinary way.
Students pursuing this degree can expect to study the biology of aging, how aging affects the elderly psychologically, current societal views of aging and how aging has been viewed historically, which can be learned by examining literature, philosophy, history and religion. Read the rest of this entry »