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What is Gerontology Psychology? - Scope and Career Opportunities

What is Gerontology Psychology?

What is Gerontology Psychology?
As we age, our body undergoes a number of changes, both mental and physical. Physical changes may include wrinkles, memory loss, poor coodination skills, loss of muscle mass, change in hair colour, etc. Mental changes may include loss of memory, depression, etc. Gerontology is a multidisciplinary field which encompasses the biological, psychological and sociological study of how our bodies change and how our mind can adjust to these changes, so that we can live a more fullfilling life as we grow older.

Scope of Gerontology Psychology:
There is a demand for gerontologist professionals as people are becoming more aware of this field.

Many gerontologists work directly with older adults as caregivers or advocates. Others work behind the scenes in medical research, education or administration.

Some of them handles the cases of the elderly people whose living conditions are bad, who have little or no support from their family members and whose income level is low.

Career Opportunities:
These graduates can expect a job as a gerontologist in non-profit sectors, nursing home, hospitals, government agencies, community service organisations, private practices, veterans affairs facilities and home-care services. These graduates also take their career as research, policy development and education.

Gerontologists oversee the administration of the operations of institutions like nursing homes, hospital and non-profit organisations.

What are the job roles:

  • Gerontologist
  • Researcher
  • Professor
  • Facility Director
  • Health Service Manager

Who can apply for this:
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree / Master's degree in Psychology / Nursing.

What is the salary range for these professionals?
According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, one can earn $54,460.

Top College / Universities in India offering Gerontology Psychology course:

  • Institute of Home Economics
  • National Institute of Social Defence
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • Indian Institute of Counselling
  • National Institute of Social Defence

Top Universities abroad offer Gerontology Psychology course:

  • California State University
  • Central Washington University
  • Lynn University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor

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