Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics

The study of aging is a multidisciplinary field combining information from several separate areas of study. Biology, sociology, and psychology are the "core" or basic areas, along with content from many other areas of study such as public policy, humanities, and economics.


Gerontology is the study of the aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. It includes the study of physical, mental, and social changes in older people as they age. As the population ages changes in society are investigated. The knowledge is then applied to policies and programs that impact the population.

Geriatrics is the study of health and disease in later life. Comprehensive health care of older persons is the primary focus of geriatrics.

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics serves a vast array of professionals and caregivers who work with the fastest growing population in the United States. Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conferences are designed for health care, social science and other professionals, and family and community members working with older adults in rural Oklahoma.