What is a Gerontologist

Gerontologists are health care professionals who specialize in the field of aging related dimensions of change over the lifespan. They provide their services to people in universities, hospitals, nursing homes, senior citizen centers, and the community. There are several different types of gerontologists. Research gerontologists conduct research on the aging process (physiological and psychological) and the living environments of older persons in an effort to understand and enrich the lives of elders. Applied gerontologists work directly with older persons, communicating with and analyzing individuals, families, and groups. Administrative gerontologists use their training and management skills to develop programs and coordinate services that are necessary for services to run smoothly. These professionals may have degrees or training in nursing, exercise physiology, nutrition, pharmacy, psychology, sociology, gerontology, or other social services-related professions. Gerontologists are responsible for educating other health professionals, community practioners, as well as the community at large about the process of aging and how to age well by giving informative presentations, publishing books and articles about aging and health, and producing relevant films and television programs.