What is Gerontology?

Gerontology is the study of the aging process from middle age through late adulthood.  Gerontology studies the physical, mental and social changes in older adults through late life-span.  It follows the changes in society and the impact society has on our older population.  Gerontology Coaching helps individuals and their families to both understand this specific stage in life and to provide the needs and care for this aging population.

Gerontology is an important field of study and care, as our aging population continues to grow!  By the middle of the 21st century, one in five Americans will be over 65 and there will be approximately 15 to 18 million people over the age of 85.  The more we understand about our elders, the better we can provide them with appropriate care and opportunities, as well as providing others with education and awareness as to the challenges and needs within this population.

As we transition through our life-stages we can experience additional and/or increased stress.  Too often we are faced with overwhelming/complex issues, concerns and worries.  As we enter what I consider to be a second adulthood, we have the opportunity to review, assess and re-invent our aims, goals and strategies to achieve and maintain a healthy, content and satisfied life.

Some of the issues and stressors that can be addressed productively through coaching are:

  • changes in economic status
  • retirement and social status
  • continuing employment
  • health and wellness
  • changes in family dynamic
  • housing/living situations
  • loss

Entering late adulthood is a time to focus on self  – meeting one’s own personal needs and wants and either adjusting existing goals to meet your current thoughts, actions and feelings, or explore and set new strategies for yourself as you begin to move through the next stages in your life.