Across the country, long-term care providers are experiencing a shortage of qualified and committed direct-care workers to address the needs of America's aging population. The Center for Gerontology at Western Michigan University was initiated to address that need.

With support from University and community stakeholders, the center serves as a catalyst for health-related research in aging and provides educational programs and service-learning activities that offer lifelong learning for professionals, older adults and their families.

News and announcements

Protect Seniors logoProtect seniors in the year of elder abuse prevention
The WMU Center for Gerontology is part of the Kalamazoo County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition. This coalition has been formed in this Year of Elder Abuse Prevention. This was developed by the U.S. Administration on Aging to encourage national, state and local organizations to protect seniors and raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

WKZO logoGerontology coordinator speaks on WKZO radio
On May 14, Center for Gerontology Coordinator Dr. Jan Hahn spoke with Lori Moore on WKZO radio about depression in late life.