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Center for Social Gerontology

The Center for Social Gerontology was established in the fall of 2013 to support faculty across the Georgia Southern University Campus whose teaching, research and/or service focused on aging. Since that time, the Center has grown to include students and staff from the University, along with elder service providers and older adults from the region. 

Welcome to the Center for Social Gerontology’s website. This website is constructed to support the interests and needs of faculty, staff, students and community members who are interested in the older adult population in southeastern Georgia and elsewhere.

We hope you find this website helpful and thank you for your interest in the older adult population and those that support and serve them.

Dr. Adrienne L. Cohen
Director, Center for Social Gerontology
acohen@georgiasouthern.edu

We strive for transdisciplinary collaborations, which include members from across the University and community stakeholders. As such, we would love for you to join us in our efforts to discuss, research, and better understand contemporary aging within varying contexts. If you would like to know more about ways you can be involved, please reach out for meeting times and information on other events.

Dr. Jennifer Zorotovich
Assistant Director, Center for Social Gerontology
jzorotovich@georgiasouthern.edu

The Call2Care Program pairs university students with older adults to help decrease social isolation and break down ageist stereotypes. Student volunteers will call adults on a weekly basis during the semester to chat and build a unique social network.

The Center is the home of the Senior Companion Program which pairs low-income older adult volunteers with older adults and people with disabilities.

This minor focuses on the impacts of age on society and the impacts of age on the psychological, physical, social and economic experiences of individuals.

This conference promotes successful aging and positive social change. Our goals are to enhance the quality of life, mental and physical health, and social well-being of older adults at all levels of capability.

The Center also hosts an Annual Conference each fall. It provides educational opportunities for elder service providers, faculty and students. Faculty members collaborate with students and share their research as a way of connecting with attendees. Community members can find resources to support older adults from our community resources page. 

The work of the Center is discussed at monthly meetings held over Zoom. Anyone is welcome to attend. Contact Adrienne Cohen, Center Director at acohen@georgiasouthern.edu to receive information on upcoming meetings and other Center events.