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The Courage to Care

  • Walk to end Alzheimers

    The 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held in Omaha on October 16! Join our team or donate using this link:

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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!

    Spring 2022 Class Schedule Now Available!

  • Elder Justice

    The Department of Gerontology is proud to co-sponsor the 2021 Elder Justice Training, an online and in-person training course on elder abuse awareness to be held November 5, 2021.

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  • Student with older adults

    Looking for healthy adults and caregivers to an older adult with a chronic disease (e.g., dementia, cancer, cardiovascular disease), to participate in a research study about the impact of aging on the neural and behavioral bases of social processing.

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  • Adult woman in graduation cap and mask

    UNO has been nationally recognized as a university that supports learning at all ages. Learn about how our campus has historically supported lifelong learning, as well as resources and programs currently available on campus and online.

    Age-Friendly University

  • Technology and Aging Study

    Research Opportunity! Are you a caregiver or do you help an adult with necessary daily activities? Are you interested in learning more about technology and caregiving? If so, you may be interested in participating in a research study.

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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.



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.