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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 ReceptionGerontology 100 Cherita Black at Spotlight on Creative Activity and PerformanceThe Gathering 2014The Gathering 2014

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!

Aging Simulation for Gerontology 100 students

Students on scavenger hunt around campus with simulated impairments

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"

Congratulations to Village Manor, winner of the 2014 Age-friendly Awareness Award!

Info for picture: Heather O’Banion of Village Manor (second from left) received the Age-friendly Awareness Award. From left are Dr. Dana B. Bradley; O’Banion; Emily Harlan, the Director of Business Development with Home Instead Senior Care (the 2013 award winner); and Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.

Group Discussion at "The Gathering" 2014

Business and community leaders engaged in group discussions about ways to help Bowling Green become more age-friendly



On August 12, Village Manor, a Christian Care Community, was awarded the second annual Age-friendly Awareness Award for their efforts to enhance the age-friendliness of services to their residents and to the Bowling Green-Warren County community as a whole. Village Manor is part of continuing care retirement community, which offers independent living, in-home care, rehab to home, outpatient therapy and long-term nursing care. They will soon offer assisted living and memory care as well. Village Manor also provides free educational seminars to the public which focus on issues affecting seniors and their families such as estate planning, living wills, dementia and much more. Village Manor has also been a valuable resource for WKU student internships and service-learning opportunities. Heather O'Banion, the Executive Director of Village Manor is a Western Kentucky University alumna and is also an adjunct professor in the WKU Department of Public Health. She stated "Village Manor is honored to receive the Age-friendly Awareness Award! We truly put "aging in place" in the forefront of everything that we do. Our mission is to enhance the journey of life of older adults. To us, it is important to be age-friendly to those we serve but also to be a resource to people in our Bowling Green community. We take great pride in winning this award!"

This award was presented as part of "The Gathering" hosted by WKU Aging and the Barren River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living. Village Manor was one of 24 agencies, businesses and other organizations who came together at the Augenstein Alumni Center to network about their efforts to become more age-friendly.  A variety of groups were represented, and a compilation of their presentations can be found here. In addition, representatives participated in group discussions regarding what programs they would like to see implemented to help Bowling Green become more age-friendly.

"The Gathering" is part of a larger 5-year project convened by WKU Aging, AARP Kentucky and the City of Bowling Green called the Age Friendly Bowling Green initiative, which uses the World Health Organization's framework for assessing the age-friendliness of cities. This is a hands on community initiative that asks public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational and religious institutions, community groups, and individuals to consider how changes to policy and practice can create a city more inclusive of older adults and more sensitive to their needs.


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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