A Historical Perspective in Aging and Gerontology

  • Patsy R. Smith
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 9)


The chapter provides the reader with an historical view of aging and gerontology in the United States by focusing on pioneers in the field of geriatrics and groundbreaking contributions to the field. Research leaders who explore how older adults find success in managing the aging process are presented with exemplars of the work that has catapulted gerontology to the forefront of social, political, and healthcare agendas. Highlights capture the work of pioneers across multiple disciplines and presents select accomplishments in research, education, and policy. Milestones include development of organizations focused on aging and gerontology resulting in a proliferation of forums for research support and dissemination of findings. Brief descriptions of the contributions of such organizations provide an overview of growth in the field of aging and gerontology with transcendence of race and ethnicity, economic or political status, or physical ability. A timeline presents notable events in recognition of the legacy established by the collective contributions of others, and inspiration toward the achievements of future generations that focus on aging and gerontology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahomaUSA

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