Supporting Well-Being in Later Life through Education, Research, and Service.

People are living longer than any time in human history. In fact, the fastest growing age group in the US is adults age 85 and older. Couple this with the 10,000 baby boomers who celebrate their 65th birthday every day, a trend that will continue through 2029, and the result is that older adults will account for more than one-fifth of the American population by 2030.

This expanding group is the most heterogeneous of the entire life span and much more culturally diverse than previous generations. While many older persons continue to live healthy lives and contribute to society in myriad ways, others require a complex array of care and management. A workforce knowledgeable in geriatrics and gerontology is needed to meet the diverse needs of our growing population of older adults.

Geriatrics: the branch of medicine focused on medical care and treatment of older persons

Gerontology: the field of study examining the bio-psycho-social processes and implications of aging  

Geriatrics and gerontology are specialties with an inherent relationship—a focus on older adults and the aging process with the goal of maximizing functioning to achieve a high quality of life.

Coupling the perspectives embraced through these fields is a hallmark of the Geriatrics & Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. We actively partner with faculty in each of the six professional schools and the graduate school at UMB to cultivate educational and research programs which complement curriculum and allow students to learn and work collaboratively in interprofessional settings.

GGEAR is also committed to developing high quality impactful and engaging educational programs, conferences, and workshops that are geographically and financially accessible to professionals and paraprofessionals in the senior service and care industry, as well as older adults and their families.

Our initiatives help brand UMB as a leader in producing Gerontologists, defined by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education as persons who:

…improve the quality of life and promote well-being of persons as they age within their families, communities, and societies through research, education, and application of interdisciplinary knowledge of the aging processes and aging populations (

UMB is home to internationally recognized educational programs, research centers, and service activities related to geriatrics and gerontology. As you explore our website, we hope that you get a sense of the wide variety of opportunities that exist at UMB for students, faculty and staff, and the communities throughout the state of Maryland and beyond to be prepared to work and live in an aging society.


Diane Martin, Ph.D.
Director, Geriatrics & Gerontology Education and Research Program

Education & Training

The seven professional schools each offer training opportunities in geriatrics and gerontology.

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Research & Programs

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is home to a number of nationally recognized interdisciplinary and interprofessional research and education programs.

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Services & Resources

Local, state, and national agencies, institutions, and associations provide tools and information to optimize the aging experience.

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