Today, 16.5% of the U.S. population is over age 65. By 2030, this demographic will represent 20% of our population. With this growth comes the need to provide exceptional care to meet older adults' social and health service needs. That is why we have created The Ohio State University Series in Applied Gerontology Education (S.A.G.E.) Program.
Through the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, these courses are available as a distance education program, flexible to accommodate busy professional and personal lives. We offer a series of aging courses that allow participants to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to optimize the care provided to older adults and promote quality of life. Upon successfully completing the three online distance learning courses, the participant will receive a graduate-level competency in the field of aging and a Certificate of Completion in Gerontology.
Who should apply to The Ohio State University Series in Applied Gerontology Education (S.A.G.E.) Program?
Professionals working in the field of aging who need additional discipline-specific training, individuals who provide services for older adults, and those wanting to pursue a career serving older adults who do not wish to or cannot return to graduate school; administrators, regulators, policymakers, direct service providers, program evaluators, and others caring for our aging population. Internet-based courses allow students the flexibility of learning "where and when it's convenient," accommodating busy professional and personal lifestyles.
Examples of professionals who would benefit from this program are:
- Administrators and Managers
- Direct Service Providers
- Financial and Legal Services Providers
- Fitness and Wellness Instructors
- Funeral Industry Professionals
- Health Care Services Professionals
- Health Sciences Students
- Leisure and Recreation Workers
- Personal Care and Services Staff (hairstylists, companions…)
- Policy Makers
- Program Evaluators
- Travel Agents and Transportation Personnel