Gerontology

Community Resources in Gerontology at St. Cloud State University

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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)
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/

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