Gerontology is the study of the changes in the mind and body that occur during the ageing process and the problems and challenges associated with them.
Compare gerontology with the related area of geriatrics. The latter involves study of the disorders that occur in old age and the care of aged persons affected by them.
Researchers in gerontology generally investigate aspects of the body's changes in the later stages of ageing (approx. post-60, but there is no formally defined cut-off age from which gerontology applies) in areas such as:
- cognitive neuroscience
- low vision rehabilitation
- aging and disability
- aging and health disparities.
Humans age biologically, psychologically, and sociologically, and the "aging experience" is determined by the combination of all of these factors. The study of gerontology includes some medical areas and also some sociological aspects. It has important political implications.
- A specialist in the field of gerontology is called a gerontologist.
- The adjective used to refer to gerontology is "gerontological", though this word is not widely used.
Links to other relevant areas on this website include:
- Glossary section: General Medical Terms.