Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conferences serve a vast array of professionals and caregivers who work with this rapidly growing population in the United States. 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 conferences are designed for health care, social science and other professionals, and family and community members working with older adults in rural Oklahoma. The conferences are open to the public. Extensive Continuing Education Credits are offered at each of the conferences.

OSU OKGEC Advisory Committee

Dr. Eugene Hoyt emhoyt@aol.com
Dr. Nancy Van Winkle nancy.van_winkle@okstate.edu
Ms. Catherine Bozek bozekkate@yahoo.com
Ms. Diane M Wood diane.wood@alz.org
Mr. James Spencer jjkj001@att.net

OSU OKGEC Partners

Alzheimer’s Association: http://www.alz.org/
Physicians Liability Insurance Company (PLICO): http://www.plico-ok.com/
Center for Family Resilience: http://www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/cfr/
University of Oklahoma, College of Nursing: http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/
Institute for Creativity and Innovation: http://creativity.okstate.edu/
Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative: http://www.ohai.org/
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center - http://www.ouhsc.edu/OkGEC/
Stillwater Medical Center: http://www.stillwater-medical.org/
Institute for Teaching & Learning Excellence: http://itle.okstate.edu/

Gerontology Faculty Members

Whitney A. Bailey, Ph.D.
Alexander Bishop, Ph.D.
Tammy L. Henderson, Ph.D.
Jan Johnston, Ph.D.