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 for Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago, which is the second of its kind in the Midwest. Prior to his assuming his current role at Concordia-Chicago, 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 Degree

The world’s population is aging and the number of older adults is increasing. This demographic reality suggests that there will be a demand for individuals skilled in addressing the unique opportunities and challenges associated with aging. Concordia-Chicago offers four programs that equip individuals with the expertise and experience to make a difference in the field of gerontology:

Master's Certificate in Gerontology

Concordia University Chicago’s gerontology master's 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.

MA Gerontology

The master of arts in gerontology from Concordia University Chicago provides an interdisciplinary course of study for individuals interested in meeting the needs of an aging world and improving the lives of older adults. Its graduates are positioned to promote and contribute to the wellness of our aging population as qualified professionals engaged in a variety of aging-related careers. Students are trained in the best practices of gerontological education, research, and practice through a tailor-made curriculum that delivers an integrated perspective on aging and older adults. 

EdD Leadership: Gerontology

The longevity revolution and growing numbers of people associated with an aging population is creating the need for advanced multidisciplinary study in gerontology. Graduates of the EdD program may actively engage in research, teaching, or service in academic or nonacademic settings. The doctoral candidate’s knowledge base of research methods and theoretical perspectives encompasses various social and basic science disciplines rather than relying on a single disciplinary approach to aging and leadership. 

PhD Leadership: Gerontology

The doctoral program in gerontology reflects the need for training and an expanding the knowledge base in the field. The PhD program in leadership and gerontology produces highly qualified and trained social scientists trained in research methodology and its application in an aging society. Graduates of the PhD program will be well-positioned to assume leadership roles as a gerontologist in government, healthcare or academic settings.

 

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