Student Opportunities

Gerontology students are eligible for scholarships, service awards, internships, and research opportunities.

BYU Gerontology is on Facebook and Instagram!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for Gerontology Program information and updates. Facebook: GerontologyBYU Instagram: @byugerontology.

Minor Requirements

BYU offers a Minor in Gerontology to supplement students' training in their major field.

Conference

The 28th Annual Gerontology Conference at BYU is held each year in March. Visit the Conference page for more information.

Senior Games

Gerontology and other health students travel to St. George, Utah each fall to provide health screenings for the participants of the Huntsman World Senior Games. Find out how you can get involved.

Research Grants

Funding from the BYU Gerontology program is available for BYU faculty who are conducting research related to the physical, psychological, or social aspects of aging in the later years. Josue Gonzalez and Allen Weinert are students doing Alzheimer’s disease research in Scott Weber’s lab.

And I Continue: A Conversation about Dance and Aging

Watch the incredible journey of older dancers in this video directed by Kate Monson, a Faculty Affiliate of the Gerontology Program.

News


Loneliness is Lethal

More older Americans are suffering from chronic loneliness, and the long-term health risks can be deadly. Read the article published by the AARP for more information.

Reversing Social Isolation

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, an Affiliate of the BYU Gerontology Program, recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the topics of rural aging and social isolation, which led to a policy brief by the Bipartisan Policy Center. Read the brief for more information.

The U.N. Discusses State and Family Responsibilities in Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons

Dr. Jeremy Yorgason, Director of the BYU Gerontology Program, was a distinguished panelist at the United Nations Human Rights Council during a multi-session seminar on family and older persons, held in Geneva on June 11th. These sessions can be accessed here: Session 3 | Session 4

Marital Benefits of Daily Individual and Conjoint Exercise Among Older Couples

Jeremy Yorgason, Lee Johnson, Melanie Hill, and Bailey Selland have found that couples who exercise together experience even more benefits than if they only exercise separately.

A Smarter Life Alert

BYU student Katie Strobel, an entrepreneurship senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, teamed up with BYU engineering students through the Crocker Fellows program to create a smartwatch application for elderly adults. “We call ourselves the smart Life Alert.” 

Events


Sending Students to Miami

Two BYU Gerontology students recently went to Miami Jewish Health Systems in Florida to work with Dr. Marc Agronin, his staff, and the residents of their facility. They received exceptional hands-on training. We are now accepting applications for this internship opportunity in 2019.

Click here for more information.

Stroke and Dementia

Dr. Steven Greenberg, from Massachusetts General Hospital, talks about stroke and dementia on BYU's radio show "Top of Mind" with Julie Rose. Click  here to listen to the interview.

Blue Zones and Longevity with Ivo Pirisi

BYU's Department of Psychology, Gerontology Program, and Neuroscience Center hosted Ivo Pirisi, PhD, from Italy on Thursday, November 16th. Dr. Pirisi is an expert on Blue Zones and Longevity.