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Definition of Gerontology

(noun) The study of the aging process (senescence), specifically the biological, psychological, and social issues that impact the elderly.

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Usage Notes

  • Geriatrics and gerontology are often used interchangeably, but geriatrics refers specifically to the health and wellness of older individuals and gerontology studies the aging process (senescence) in a broader sense.
  • A (noun) gerontologist studies (adjective) gerontological issues.

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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “gerontology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/gerontology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

gerontology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/gerontology/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “gerontology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/gerontology/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“gerontology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/gerontology/>.