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Applied Gerontology

Applied Gerontology - A.A.S. Degree and Certificate

Fueled by improvements in our standard of living, the elimination of many deadly diseases, and better medical care, Americans are leading longer and healthier lives than ever before. Currently, there are more than 36 million people aged 65 and older in the U.S., or approximately 13 percent of all residents in this country. By 2030, this number is expected to reach 20 percent, which means more and more people will have a need for all types of gerontology-based services and care.

Students in the Applied Gerontology program at College of DuPage learn to meet the emotional, social and biological needs of older adults in traditional settings as well as adult day care centers, park districts and assisted living facilities. Coursework is geared toward understanding the developmental, cognitive, social and financial needs of this population.

Students study older adult care management, contemporary treatment approaches, behavior modification, cross-cultural communications, ethics in counseling, family education and treatment models, grief counseling, interpersonal dynamics, advocacy, and developmental psychology. Following the completion of classroom work, students must finish 300 hours of fieldwork to earn a Applied Gerontology degree or certificate.


Contact Information

Andrea Polites, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP, CADC, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536B, (630) 942-2103

Jason Florin, MHS, CAADC, MISA I, SAP, Associate Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536, (630) 942-2043

Julie Trytek, LCPC, CADC, Assistant Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) 2536, (630) 942-2328

Human Services Faculty and Adjunct Faculty

Kelly A. Lidinsky, Program Advisor
Human Services Programs
Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Direct line: (630) 942-3248
For appointments, contact Counseling & Advising

Human Services Office

The Human Services program office is located on the second floor of the Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536.

Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2010