Community Resources in Gerontology at St. Cloud State University

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

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


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.

American Society on Aging (ASA) 
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education 
Gerontological Society on Aging (GSA) 
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) 

Aging Network Association (ANA)
LeadingAge Minnesota 
Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS) 

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 

Nursing Home/Long Term Care Administrator License (regulated by states)
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) 

Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy 

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) 

Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA)

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