GLOSSARY: Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging, investigating the aging process itself (biogerontology), investigating the interface of normal ageing and age-related disease (geroscience), investigating the effects of our aging population on society, including the fiscal effects of pensions, entitlements, life and health insurance, and retirement planning and applying this knowledge to policies and programs, including a macroscopic (i.e. government planning) and microscopic (i.e. running a nursing home) perspective.