Center for Gerontology
The Center for Gerontology encompasses research efforts that include generating, organizing, and disseminating high quality multidisciplinary aging related practice and knowledge.  We strive to make a difference in the lives of older adults and their families through faith-based research and education, which will have a far-reaching impact on the community we serve.
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Leaders In Gerontology

John K. Holton: Understanding the Life Course

John K. Holton, PhD, is an educator and public servant trained in understanding the life course of human development. He is Director for the Center on Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago, which is the second of its kind in the Midwest. Prior to his assuming his current role at Concordia-Chicagoa, Dr. Holton was appointed as Director of the Illinois Department on Aging, a cabinet member for Governors Patrick Quinn and Bruce Rauner. 

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Dr. Lydia Manning continues to inject fresh perspective into Gerontology Graduate Programs at Concordia University Chicago

Lydia Manning, PhD, joined the faculty of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs (now the college of Graduate Studies) at Concordia-Chicago in the summer of 2013 with the mission of revamping the master of arts in gerontology program and launching a doctoral program in leadership and gerontology.  In the time since her arrival on campus, Dr. Manning has stepped up to the challenge. 

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Our Programs

55+ Program

Designed for enrichment and pursuit of special interests, the 55+ Program is a nondegree track program through which people 55 years of age or older may audit courses for $33 per credit hour.

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Aging Well Initiatives

The Center for Gerontology offers several Aging Well Initiatives designed to benefit older adults and their families. These range from arts programs and aging in place initiatives to caregiver support groups and resilience-building programs.

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Earn Your Gerontology Degree

Certificate in Gerontology

Concordia University Chicago's gerontology certificate program addresses the need of health care professionals as well as professionals in other fields to be prepared to serve the unique needs of an aging population.

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MA, Gerontology

The MA in gerontology program at Concordia University Chicago positions graduates to promote and contribute to the wellness of our aging population.

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EdD/PhD, Leadership: Gerontology Specialization

The PhD and EdD program in leadership with a specialization in gerontology provide a multidisciplinary framework from which to respond to existing age-related questions, and intensive, in-depth training for those who want unique preparation for leadership roles for addressing issues related to aging.

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