In psychology, he is a professional who studies aging and the effects it has on individuals. Gerontology is the scientific study of aging and the elderly. Gerontologists examine the physical, mental, and social changes that occur as people age, as well as the impact of aging on society as a whole.
Gerontologists work in a variety of settings, including research institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. They may work as researchers, clinicians, educators, or administrators, and their work may involve direct interaction with older adults or analysis of data related to aging.
Examples of areas that gerontologists might focus on include:
- Age-related diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis
- Physical and cognitive changes that occur with age
- Social and psychological factors that influence aging, such as social support and loneliness
- Healthcare and social services for older adults
- The economics of aging, including retirement savings, pensions, and healthcare costs.