Gerontology

A pair of women participate in the annual Alzheimer's Association fundraising walk

Community Resources

Connecting to the community is a vital step in finding learning opportunities and building professional networks.

 2017 St. Cloud Walk to End Alzheimer's

Sept. 22-23, 2017, St. Cloud Lake George

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Students and community members are encouraged to volunteer at the Walk to End Alzheimer's. You can sign-up by visiting this link.

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Professional Organizations the Field of Aging


Examples of Professional Associations in Aging: Here are just a few examples of professional organizations in aging. There will also be many available in specialties such as Nursing, Social Work etc. Ask your colleagues what professional groups they belong to. Important: Be sure to check the validity/reputation of any organization and or credentialing body before joining.

National
American Society on Aging (ASA) http://www.asaging.org/ 
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education http://www.aghe.org/ 
Gerontological Society on Aging (GSA) https://www.geron.org/ 
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) https://www.n4a.org/ 

Minnesota
Aging Network Association (ANA)
For more information on ANA contact: Brenda Turner: turnerb@centracare.com
Kim Hoff: KHoff@stcloudmtc.com 
LeadingAge Minnesota https://www.leadingagemn.org/ 
Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS) http://www.mngero.org/ 

Examples of Additional Aging-Related Community Certifications/Credentialing
Many employment opportunities require additional specialized training and or credentialing. Certification may come at the local, state or federal level, depending upon the specific field. Many certifications are based out of professional organizations. Professional organizations are also a good way to find out about the type of certification that may be needed. A few examples include:

Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) from the National Home Builder’s Association
https://www.nahb.org/en/learn/designations/certified-aging-in-place-specialist.aspx 


Nursing Home/Long Term Care Administrator License (regulated by states)
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) http://www.nabweb.org/nabweb/default.aspx 


Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy
http://www.ccgp.org/ 


National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP)
http://www.nccap.org/ 


Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA)
https://www.csa.us/