Topics in Gerontology

Welcome to Topics in Gerontology, a cost-effective, online education program appropriate for a wide audience of learners interested in gaining knowledge about aging well or caring for older adults. Whether you are an older adult, a caregiver for an older adult, or a gerontology professional, you will find modules that are enlightening and helpful.

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Topics in Gerontology modules are developed by interdisciplinary faculty from The Ohio State University.  Modules are categorized by level of instruction, making them appropriate for older adults, caregivers, educators, administrators, direct care staff in long-term care and health care, social service providers, clinicians, policymakers, and community providers. 

A recent addition to the Topics program includes five Aging Smart modules specifically created for consumers - older adults, family members, and others.  While they may also be useful for professionals in the field of aging, these consumer-focused modules do not include continuing education credit.

Complete Topics in Gerontology online modules while gaining insight into a wide variety of important aging issues, strategies for responding to aging issues, and earning continuing education credit for professional-level modules. The modules can be completed from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Most modules should take approximately one hour to complete.

Gain knowledge about issues of aging and/or how to support your work and interactions with older adults. How can you be safe in your home? What are the myths and realities of aging? How should you respond when someone is grieving? What do you do if someone shares information about a dangerous situation? What resources are available in the community for older adults?  And much more.