Western Kentucky University

Center for Gerontology

2014 Gerontology Minor GraduatesGraduate Students with Certificate in Aging StudiesOutstanding Achievement in Minor in GerontologyAge-Friendly Cities Community Engagement AwardCompanions of Respected Elders2014 WKU Aging ReceptionA. Correll and S. ObamaCherita Black at Spotlight on Creative Activity and PerformanceGerontology 100 Honors Gerontology 100 at Village Manor

2014 Graduates!

Graduates with a Minor in Gerontology were honored at the 2014 WKU Aging Reception

Graduate students completing the Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies were also honored

Melody Meadows of Bowling Green will complete the certificate this year

Amy Correll, recipient of 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award for the Minor in Gerontology

Amy, pictured with Dr. Dana Bradley, was honored at the WKU Aging reception.

Hannah Ruggles received the 2014 Community Engagement Award

Hannah was recognized for her work with the Age-Friendly Bowling Initiative and Senior Events Committee

Morgan Gruner and Kaleb Moore were awarded the Companions of Respected Elders Founder's Award

Members of C.O.R.E. provide companionship to residents in local nursing facilities

Students, faculty and community members were honored at the 2014 Aging Reception

Thank you to all those who attended!

Student Amy Correll with Sarah Obama, Kenya’s “Goodwill Ambassador” and President Obama’s grandmother

Amy Correll of Somerset, a Gerontology minor in WKU Aging and a student in the Honors College at WKU

Cherita Black, pictured with her parents, Timothy Sr. and Veronica, presented at the 2014 WKU Student Research Conference Spotlight on Creative Activity and Performance

Cherita has a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Gerontology, and her research is on "The Influence of Life Review and Poetry-Writing with Older Individuals"

Aging Simulation for Gerontology 100 students

Students on scavenger hunt around campus with simulated impairments

Students gather at Village Manor for end-of-year celebration

Honors Gerontology 100 students visited Village Manor throughout the semester

Second Annual Gathering of Community and Business Leaders

Businesses and organizations in Bowling Green and Warren County, Kentucky are invited to attend "The Gathering." This event offers an opportunity to network and inform other leaders in the community about your organization and any initiatives taken (large or small) to become more age-friendly. All businesses or organizations that work with older adults in any capacity are encouraged to attend, including retail, banking, fitness, city and county programs, transportation, etc. Registration is FREE, but spots are limited. Please RSVP to Marybeth Hunt at marybeth.hunt@wku.edu. The Gathering will be on August 12th from 8am-11:30am at Augenstein Alumni Center. View the informational flyer here for more information.   In addition, the 2014 Age-friendly Awareness Business Award will also be presented at the meeting. All businesses, organizations, and groups that have taken any action to become more age friendly are eligible. Nominations are due by noon August 5th and can be submitted by email to marybeth.hunt@wku.edu . Nomination forms are available here.  This event is part of Age-Friendly Bowling Green, a hands-on community initiative using the World Health Organization's framework for assessing the age friendliness of Bowling Green.


Greetings from WKU AGING

           Where age is more than a number

Welcome to WKU Aging!

WKU Aging is guided by the belief that optimal aging is attainable on both the individual and community level and requires implementing holistic strategies.

To view our three strategic areas, click here.

Interested in learning more about aging?

WKU offers a Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies and undergraduate students may complete a Gerontology Minor and a Aging Specialist Certificate.   Related options include a Health Studies Major with a concentration in Gerontology, Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Health or a Long Term Care Certificate. 

Students have a number of opportunities to work in the field of aging and are nurtured by a chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the national honor society for aging and C.O.R.E. (Companions of Respected Elders).

Interested in research about aging?

The Center for Gerontology is an applied research center funded partially through the Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP). Efforts include promoting age friendly communities, enhancing long term care delivery, preventing disease, injury and disability, and maximizing financial and physical independence.

Located within a historically rural environment, WKU Aging recognizes the value of interdisciplinary and intergenerational collaboration in developing approaches that respect the needs of older adults and the communities where they age. Committed to balancing gerontological theory with practice, the Center nurtures dynamic partnerships between agencies working on aging issues, Western Kentucky University and the international community.

I look forward to working with and meeting you!


Dana Burr Bradley, PhD

Director, Center for Gerontology
Professor of Public Health

 The Center is an inaugural member of the prestigious Global Aging Research Network (GARN) through the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics -- September 2011.

 WKU Aging includes:

Center for Gerontology

Office of Research, Center for Research and Development (CRD), Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP)

Gerontology Minor

Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies

University College, Diversity and Community Studies


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