Western Kentucky University

Center for Gerontology

A. Correll and S. ObamaAge-friendly Awareness AwardGero 100The Gathering BradleyC.O.R.E. Student 1Senior Scholars LuncheonSGS C. Black

Student Amy Correll with Sarah Obama, Kenya’s “Goodwill Ambassador” and President Obama’s grandmother

Amy Correll of Somerset, a Gerontology minor in WKU Aging and a student in the Honors College at WKU

Brad Cannon, Home Instead Senior Care, receives Inaugural Age-friendly Awareness Award

Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, Brad Cannon (recipient), Professor Dr. Dana B. Bradley, and WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell

Gerontology students visit and tour Magnolia Village Alzheimer's Facility

"The Aging Experience" course provides off campus experiences for students

Dr. Dana B. Bradley

Dr. Dana B. Bradley presenting at "The Gathering... A meeting of experts."

C.O.R.E.: Companions of Respected Elders

C.O.R.E. Student Organization meets at Tate Page Hall

Aging Simulation for Gerontology 100 students

Students on scavenger hunt around campus with simulated impairments of older adults.

Senior Scholars Luncheon 2013

Dr. Dana Bradley, Honors Gerontology 100 students, Village Manor Senior Scholars and GA Urmila Tokekar

Cherita Black, SGS Conference, FUSE recipient

"Influence of poetry writing on residents sense of well being"

wku aging celebrates careers in aging week

April 6-12, 2014 is National Careers in Aging Week!  This event is an annual joint venture between The Gerontological Society of America and its educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.  The purpose of this event is to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in aging and aging research. 

Did you know that every 8 seconds someone turns 60 in the United States?  The aging of America's population is resulting in a shortage of people trained to meet the unique needs of older adults.  Knowledge of aging is relevant to almost every area of study, and the Minor in Gerontology at WKU as well as the Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies prepares students to work in a wide variety of settings including including health and wellness companies, senior housing, advocacy and policy organizations, financial services, biotechnology, social service agencies, and academic and research settings.  Learn more about careers in aging here.

As part of our celebration of Careers in Aging Week, WKU Aging is recognizing some of our wonderful Gerontology students!  Check out our Gerontology Student Spotlight to see just a few examples of how the Minor in Gerontology enhances the wide variety of interests, majors and career goals of our students.  If you are interested in learning more about WKU Aging, email Marybeth Hunt. 


Greetings from WKU AGING

           Where age is more than a number

Welcome to WKU Aging!

WKU Aging is guided by the belief that optimal aging is attainable on both the individual and community level and requires implementing holistic strategies.

To view our three strategic areas, click here.

Interested in learning more about aging?

WKU offers a Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies and undergraduate students may complete a Gerontology Minor.   Related options include a Health Studies Major with a concentration in Gerontology or Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Health.

Students have a number of opportunities to work in the field of aging and are nurtured by a chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the national honor society for aging, ACHCA (American College of Health Care Administrators) Student Association and C.O.R.E. (Companions of Respected Elders).

Interested in research about aging?

The Center for Gerontology is an applied research center funded partially through the Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP). Efforts include promoting age friendly communities, enhancing long term care delivery, preventing disease, injury and disability, and maximizing financial and physical independence.

Located within a historically rural environment, WKU Aging recognizes the value of interdisciplinary and intergenerational collaboration in developing approaches that respect the needs of older adults and the communities where they age. Committed to balancing gerontological theory with practice, the Center nurtures dynamic partnerships between agencies working on aging issues, Western Kentucky University and the international community.

I look forward to working with and meeting you!


Dana Burr Bradley, PhD

Director, Center for Gerontology
Professor of Public Health

 The Center is an inaugural member of the prestigious Global Aging Research Network (GARN) through the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics -- September 2011.

 WKU Aging includes:

Center for Gerontology

Office of Research, Center for Research and Development (CRD), Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP)

Gerontology Minor

Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies

University College, Diversity and Community Studies


 Last Modified 4/10/14