UCLA Geriatric and Gerontology Education


The Longevity Revolution: Biomedical, Social and Policy Perspective, is a Freshman Cluster Course where students explore the phenomenal increase in life expectancy by reviewing the lifelong process of aging from a variety of perspectives including biomedical aspects, emphasizing scientific advances that relate to health and increased independence; psychosocial aspects, including social support, social capital, and the social environment; and public health and policy aspects, focusing on retirement policies, access to healthcare, and health disparities. Furthermore, all students enrolled in the class work in the community in organizations serving older adults through a service learning component. The course welcomes all freshmen students who are interested in exploring fundamental issues that relate to living a healthier and happier life as well as develop unique work skills highly valued by future employers.

Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor (GIM): The worldwide expansion of the older adult population ensures that issues regarding aging will dominate our environmental, economic, social, political, psychological, and medical concerns and endeavors well into the twenty-first century. The undergraduate GIM at UCLA provides a foundation understanding of the current state of science related to human aging and enables an appreciation of opportunities to contribute to a diverse aging society. 

Fiat Lux Seminars are a cornerstone of the innovative undergraduate curriculum at UCLA, and offers up to 200 small group seminars annually.  Students receive one-unit of academic credit and faculty members from across campus have the opportunity to share with undergraduates their areas of intellectual passion and expertise.  Aging seminars include: Introduction to Gerontology: Secrets of Oldest Old, Who Wants to Live to 100? Aging in the 21st Century and Elders on YouTube.

Universal Gerontology and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness (UGADA), pronounced "U-GOTTA," is the national youth movement for Alzheimer's disease & gerontology awareness.  UGADA was founded in 2005 at UCLA by three students determined to raise awareness to their fellow youth about the needs of aging population. UGADA has become a network of young people in college, high school, and graduate school, brought together from coast to coast to eliminate Alzheimer's and to ensure better lives for those who are aging healthy.