Visit GSA's webinar page to register or view archived recordings:

  • GSA/CDC Webinar part 1: "Health Literacy Considerations for Initiatives with Older Adults" (Friday, June 28, 2019)
  • GSA/CDC Webinar part 2: "Sun Protection and Sunburn Among Older U.S. Adults" (Friday, August 2)

GSA has partnered with the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology on a six-part webinar series on caring for older adults with cancer. Join us for the live events and to get your questions answered by geriatric oncology experts. Click the titles below for registration links.

Annual Scientific Meeting Sessions

"Older Adults and Cancer: Building the Research and Clinical Care Infrastructure for an Aging Population" 
Momentum Discussion at GSA's 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting
Moderator: Harvey Jay Cohen
Panelists: Harvey Jay Cohen, Elana Plotkin, Peggy Burhenn
As a result of improvements in treatment and supportive care, the number of older cancer survivors is increasing, including many with comorbid conditions that complicate treatment plans. Frequently, because of the lack of research into the care of older adults with cancer and comorbid conditions, clinicians find themselves unprepared to assess and manage these complex patients. Older adults are often underscreened for cancers, the conditions are understaged when they are found, and treatment is often less aggressive than in younger individuals or not provided at all. This session will examine the relationship between aging and cancer, as well as ways that cancer research, prevention, and care can be improved for older adults. 
Supported by Pfizer. 


Pertinent Articles

  • CDC-funded supplemental issue of GSA’s The Gerontologist on “Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood” (coming soon)
  • "Cancer in a Gerontological Context," editorial appearing in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, Volume 70, Issue 6, June 2015

Interest Group

Cancer and Aging: Advancing age increases risk of cancer. Simultaneously, age-related conditions may complicate cancer recovery and pose a lifelong challenge. The Cancer and Aging Interest Group brings together a multidisciplinary group, including clinicians, basic and social/behavioral scientists, public health practitioners, advocates and educators, to address cancer and aging across the cancer continuum. Together, we seek to identify challenges and opportunities at the intersection of cancer and aging and translate lessons from bedside to the community for older cancer survivors and their families.


Howard B. Degenholtz, PhD, FGSA, Social Media Editor of The Gerontologist, interviews authors about their latest work and research findings published in the journal.

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The Gerontologist Podcast – Homeless for the First Time with Dr. Victoria Burns

Dr. Degenholtz interviewed Dr. Victoria Burns about her paper, Homeless for the First Time in Later Life. She shared her motivation for this line of research. She also discussed a fascinating documentary project she is working that brings to life the stories of homeless older adults in Calgary.  You can learn more about "Beyond Housing" on the StoryHive website. https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/3601

Article (April 2019 issue of The Gerontologist) | Download the Episode

Teaching Resources

Standards and Guidelines for Gerontology and Geriatrics

The sixth edition of the AGHE Standards and Guidelines for Gerontology and Geriatrics is an excellent reference for gerontology and/or geriatrics curricula planning. It has also risen in status to be an important resource for an AGHE-approved national program of evaluation: the AGHE Program of Merit. The Gerontology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education has been integrated into the Standards and Guidelines and offers consensus-based, recommended core competencies and selective contextual competencies for gerontology programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The sixth edition of the Standards and Guidelines offers leaders and faculty of gerontology programs the tools to identify and implement competency-based education in aging.

To obtain a copy of the sixth edition of the AGHE Standards and Guidelines for Gerontology and Geriatrics, visit our online store.

Gerontology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education

The AGHE Gerontology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education were adopted on November 20, 2014, after an Association-wide multi-year effort of gathering and integrating feedback to build consensus. The effort was led by the AGHE Competency Workgroup and was built upon the work of Wendt, Peterson and Douglas (1993) as well as current literature in foundations of gerontology and competency-based education. The AGHE Gerontology Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education are a resource for competency-based gerontology education with liberal arts, professional and/or scientific program orientations. The framework for the competencies encourages gerontology education programs to maintain their specific orientation (e.g., liberal arts), and utilize the competencies with flexibility and creativity. The competencies may be applied to gerontology programs with majors, minors and certificate programs at the associate, undergraduate and/or master’s level. Please find a mapping tool here.

There are three categories of competencies (I, II and III).

Category I competencies represent the essential orientation to the field of gerontology, are foundational and expected to be broadly represented in Associate, Bachelors, Master’s degree and gerontology certificate programs.

Category II competencies are “interactional” competencies that capture the processes of knowing and doing across the field of gerontology and are also expected to be broadly represented in the above types of educational programs. Category II competencies are meant to capture the most relevant skills for contexts of employment in the variety of sectors and areas that gerontologists may work, including education.

Category III competencies are to be selected based on the mission, goals and orientation(s) of the educational program. Competencies in Category III provide gerontology education program leadership with the ability to select and tailor the competency expectations for their particular programs’ needs and orientations. It is suggested that programs select 2 or more Domains in Category III, and use the related competencies within that domain for their curricula. Within Category III, programs may identify additional competency content as appropriate for their program orientations and emphases.

Pianosi, B., Damron-Rodriguez, J., Jukema, J. & Schoenmakers, E. (2016, October). Use of professional gerontology competencies for workplace alignment & use in practice. Poster session presented at the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Poster PDF)

Schoenmakers, E.C., Damron-Rodriguez, J., Frank, J.C., Pianosi, B., & Jukema, J.S. (2016). Competencies in European Gerontological Higher Education. An Explorative Study on Core Elements. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

A Hands-on Approach to Teaching about Aging

Hallie Baker PhD, Tina M. Kruger PhD, Rona J. Karasik PhD
This peer-reviewed collection of hands-on activities is designed by noted educators in aging and incorporates Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) competencies. It offers clear, step-by-step procedures for implementing each activity, including preparation, introduction, the activity itself, discussion/reflection, wrap-up or follow-up if appropriate, and assessment. The book also addresses learning outcomes and includes recommendations for number of participants, settings, materials, and time required. All royalties go to AGHE. Order your copy today!

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Institution Resources

AGHE Consultation Program assists community, four-year colleges and universities in:

  • Developing or evaluating a gerontology/geriatrics program
  • Developing a strategy for long-term planning
  • Obtaining an objective assessment, external review, or validation of a proposed or existing program of gerontology/geriatric instruction
  • Obtaining resource materials for executing, expanding, or evaluating gerontology/geriatrics instruction
  • Identifying tools for designing and implementing gerontology/geriatric content/courses

The needs of each institution are unique; therefore the AGHE Consultation Program has been designed to provide dynamic communication between the institution and the consultant they choose. The Institution is in charge of the process with the consultant reporting to the Institution’s Designee.

We provide a selection of national experts in the field of aging studies for you to choose from to ensure the best possible fit for your institutional needs. The AGHE consultant uses his/her unique expertise to objectively evaluate your proposed or existing program and helps identify opportunities and barriers employing a solution-oriented approach. A consultant also provides unbiased comments regarding gerontology/geriatrics instruction, program development, program change, faculty development, program evaluation, etc., in a final report constructed to support the Institutional mission and goals to enhance education on aging.

The AGHE Consultant Works with you:  
The Institution’s designee(s)

  • Contracts with AGHE to ensure the provision of professional consulting services for the institution
  • Chooses the consultant from a national panel of AGHE Consultants
  • Determines and arranges the process for consultation (a site visit is recommended)
  • Maintains communication with AGHE and the consultant throughout the consultation
  • Reviews the report prior to its finalization
  • Receives a final report complete with observations, recommendations, suggested plan, and a list of AGHE resources.

°  Consultation Program Request Form
°  Does our institution need a Consultant? – Answer these important questions
°  Cost: Scope of work is factored in to determine consultation cost. Click for the fee structure

The Real Faces of Careers in Aging: Interviews with a range of professionals in the field of aging.

The National Review of Educational Programs in Gerontology

The Program of Merit is a voluntary program of evaluation for AGHE member and nonmember institutions that offer either gerontology programs (degree and non-degree granting) and/or health professions programs whose curricula integrates gerontology/geriatrics content. The Program of Merit designation gives gerontology and health professions programs an AGHE “stamp of excellence” that they can use to verify program quality, lobby within their institutions for additional resources to maintain program quality, market the program, and recruit prospective students.

Each program is evaluated according to its own goals and objectives. The Program of Merit Brochure describes the program evaluation process, lists resources to use in the evaluation, answers frequently asked questions, describes how to apply, and includes an evaluation form. The new Program of Merit Brochure for Health Professions is now available. For more information on applying for the Program of Merit designation for your school, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education congratulates these Programs of Merit:

American River College, Associate of Arts Degree in Gerontology

Ithaca College, Major in Aging Studies

McDaniel College, Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology Program

Missouri State University, Bachelor of Science Degree in Gerontology

Northeastern Illinois University, Master of Art in Gerontology

Stockton University, Undergraduate Minor

University of Indianapolis, Master of Science in Gerontology

University of Massachusetts Boston, Frank J. Manning (Undergraduate) Certificate in Gerontology

University of Nevada Reno, Gerontology Certificate, Undergraduate Minor

University of Utah, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program (GIP) Master of Science

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Applied Gerontology

Winston-Salem State University, Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology

Links to resources:

POM Reviewer Application | Standards and Guidelines | Gerontoloy Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education | Core Principles and Outcomes