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The Courage to Care

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    With the increased concern about the health and safety of older adults, now is an important time to expand your knowledge about working with the older adult population!

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  • December 2020 grads

    Congratulations to our December 2020 Gerontology graduates! We are so proud of your hard work and determination to complete your degree in this unprecedented year!

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  • Are you a caregiver (19+) or adult (60+), and interested in learning more about technology and aging? If so, you may be interested in participating in a research study.

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  • 8th Biennial Aging with Passion & Purpose: Unmasking COVID-19

    This year’s virtual conference will address the implications of COVID-19 for older adults from a biopsychosocial perspective, including disparities between cultural groups. It will also offer an overview of the past, present, and future of this pandemic. No cost to attend. Registration now open!

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  • Read a fascinating report prepared by Drs. Julie Masters and Lindsay Wilkinson on the impact of COVID-19 on aging Nebraskans.

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  • The Foster Grandparent Program

    The Foster Grandparent Program provides meaningful opportunities for individuals age 55 and older to remain physically and mentally active.

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Since 1972, the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) has been educating students about aging issues.  Students and faculty use a multidisciplinary approach to discover the many issues and opportunities facing our world’s rapidly increasing aging population, including independence, health changes and end-of-life planning.

Now, more than ever, our society is daring to pull back the curtain and shine a light on this final phase of life. Call it compassion. Call it sensitivity. Or just call it Gerontology. It’s more than just studying a phase of life. It’s a way of life.

Programming is available in Omaha, Lincoln, and Online.  Education paths include a certificate or minor, a BS, MA or PhD in Gerontology.  If you have the courage to care, we have on campus and online options to help you develop as a professional to work in this field of the future.

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Pioneers in the Field of Gerontology

The department conducts relevant research in conjunction with local and federal agencies that serve the public and its changing needs. Research areas include end-of-life planning, aging prisoners, resiliency and public policy.

Practical Learning in the Omaha Metro Area

Practicums allow our students a chance to gain real-life experience working with aging adults and their families. Several of our courses offer service-learning opportunities that extend the study of gerontology beyond the classroom.

Leading Provider of Gerontology Education in Nebraska

Housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) building on the UNO campus and in 310 Nebraska Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) campus, the Department of Gerontology is a proven, valuable campus resource and the primary provider of gerontology education in the university system.