Gayle Appel Doll, Director
Center on Aging
253 Justin Hall
The older population will grow significantly in the future, especially between the years 2010 and 2030 when the baby boomers reach age 65. By 2030 the 65+ age group is expected to grow to 20 percent of the population. Because of the increasing numbers of older persons and the fact that those elderly are living longer, there is a growing need for people who have a variety of skills to work in the field of aging.
Gerontological specialists carry out diverse roles similar to those of other professionals while devoting the major portion of their professional time to working for or with older people. Their roles fall into the categories of direct service provision, program planning and evaluation, marketing and product development, advocacy, education and training, and research.