gerontology

noun
ger·​on·​tol·​o·​gy | \ˌjer-ən-ˈtä-lə-jē \

Definition of gerontology 

: the comprehensive multidisciplinary study of aging and older adults — compare geriatrics

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gerontological \jə-​ˌrän-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ or less commonly gerontologic \jə-​ˌrän-​tə-​ˈlä-​jik \ adjective
gerontologist \ˌjer-​ən-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual’s personality characteristics. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States," 16 June 2018 Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual's personality characteristics. chicagotribune.com, "Research finds seniors seem to enjoy longer brain health than in the past," 18 June 2018 Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual’s personality characteristics. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States," 16 June 2018 Education: Bachelor’s in healthcare administration with a concentration in gerontology from Florida Atlantic University. miamiherald, "Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for the week of June 25, 2018," 25 June 2018 Two years ago, Eileen Crimmins, AARP chair of gerontology at the University of Southern California's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and colleagues documented this shift in the United States in research using data about adults 65 and older. chicagotribune.com, "Research finds seniors seem to enjoy longer brain health than in the past," 18 June 2018 Two years ago, Eileen Crimmins, AARP chair of gerontology at the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and colleagues documented this shift in the United States in research using data about adults 65 and older. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States," 16 June 2018 Sheryl Zimmerman, a professor of gerontology at UNC-Chapel Hill, said assisted living communities typically furnish residents' rooms with a bed, dresser and chair. Cassie Cope And Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "Her sick mom's care was costing her thousands and they 'didn't even give you sheets'," 31 May 2018 Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual’s personality characteristics. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Now More Of Us Can Count On More Time Dodging The Dementia Bullet," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of gerontology

1903, in the meaning defined above

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gerontology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gerontology

: the scientific study of old age and of the process of becoming old

gerontology

noun
ger·​on·​tol·​o·​gy | \-ə-jē \
plural gerontologies

Medical Definition of gerontology 

: the comprehensive study of aging and the problems of the aged — compare geriatric sense 1

Other Words from gerontology

gerontological \jə-​ˌränt-​ᵊl-​ˈäj-​i-​kəl \ also gerontologic \-​ik \ adjective

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