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Gerontology is the study of the social, cultural, psychological, cognitive, and biological aspects of aging. The word was coined by Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov in 1903, from the Greek γέρων (gérōn), meaning "old man", and -λογία (-logía), meaning "study of". The field is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that specializes in the treatment of existing disease in older adults. Gerontologists include researchers and practitioners in the fields of biology, nursing, medicine, criminology, dentistry, social work, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, economics, political science, architecture, geography, pharmacy, public health, housing, and anthropology.

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Organizations relating to Gerontology

Global Alzheimer's and Dementia Action Alliance / London, UK / Est. 2014
European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry / Krefeld, Germany / Est. 1971
International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology
European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia Consortium
European Centre of Gerontology / Msida, Malta / Est. 1989
International Geriatric Fracture Society / Orlando FL, USA
International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment / Chicago IL, USA / Est. 2008
Centre européen de documentation et d'études gérontologiques / Est. 1964
Société européenne de chirurgie gériatrique / Etampes, France / Est. 1990
Arabo-African Union of Ageing, Pensioners and of Intergenerational Alliance / Est. 1998
Mediterranean and Middle East Gerontological and Geriatric Association / Msida, Malta
International Center of Social Gerontology / Est. 1969
International Association of Psychoanalytic Gerontology / Est. 1979
Gerontological Economic Research Organization / Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, Missouri / O'Fallon MO, USA / Est. 1845
Information gérontologique internationale / Lausanne, Switzerland / Est. 1982
Sandoz Foundation for Regional Gerontological Research in Latin America
International Alzheimer's Research Foundation / Est. 1990
International Exchange Center on Gerontology, Tampa
European Exchange Centre on Gerontology / Hluboka nad Vltavou, Czechia / Est. 1991
Dementia / Strasbourg, France
European Alzheimer Clearing House
Liga de Geriatras y Gerontólogos de Lengua Latina
European Gerontological Action Group / Est. 1970
Grupo Internacional de Alzheimer y Longevidad
Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's Association / Chicago IL, USA / Est. 1980
European Geriatric Club / Est. 1971
International Symposium on Plant Senescence
Société internationale d'oncologie gériatrique / Châtelaine, Switzerland / Est. 2000
International Association of Sleep Research in Gerontology / Paris, France / Est. 2008
European Academy for Medicine of Ageing / Ghent, Belgium / Est. 1992
African Gerontological Society / Est. 1989
International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases / Est. 1985
Nordic Gerontological Federation / Copenhagen, Denmark / Est. 1974
Société Francophone de Psychogériatrie et de Psychiatrie de la Personne Âgée / Est. 1986
Alzheimer Europe / Luxembourg, Luxembourg / Est. 1992
European Geriatric Medicine Society / Genoa, Italy / Est. 2000
International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Est. 1950
Association internationale francophone de gériatrie et gérontologie / Paris, France / Est. 2004
Alzheimer's Disease International / London, UK / Est. 1984
International Psychogeriatric Association / Milwaukee WI, USA / Est. 1980
Nordic Gerontological Federation / Copenhagen, Denmark / Est. 1973

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World Problems relating to Gerontology

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Alzheimer's disease
Abusive treatment of the aged
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Age-related memory loss
Neglect of elderly in institutional care

Action Strategies relating to Gerontology

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Advancing geriatric therapeutics
Reducing senility

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