Online Gerontology Training & Resources for Georgia
Institute of Gerontology
University of Georgia
255 E. Hancock Avenue
Athens, GA 30602-5775

(706) 425-3222

About Us

Georgia Geriatric Education Center (2007-2011)

As part of our Georgia Geriatric Education Center's grant, we built this website where you can access online training modules providing the latest on best practices in geriatrics and gerontology.

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration, (HRSA) funded the Institute of Gerontology in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia in its efforts to develop the first Geriatric Education Center in the state. Joining the Institute in this endeavor were partners in the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, and Geriatrics from the Mercer University School of Medicine, the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute, and the College of Health Professions at Armstrong Atlantic State University. The $1.26 million dollar grant period was 2007 through June 30, 2010 (extended to 2011). There will be some additional educational opportunities in the coming year through the GGEC.

The Georgia Geriatric Education Center (GGEC), through its interdisciplinary training team, provides conferences and workshops, supervised on-site clinical training, and training through the internet. Participants can select from a variety of content areas. Some examples include: Cancer, Dementia, End-of-Life/Palliative Care, Genitourinary Health, Health Literacy, Mental Health, Oral Health, Pharmacological Issues, Health Promotion and Prevention, Aging and Public Health, and Meeting the Needs of Our Elders.

The Center provides special opportunities for health care professionals practicing in under-served areas of Georgia and for the training of minority faculty and health care professionals throughout the state. Thanks to the grant from HRSA, the training is offered at no charge.

Leonard W. Poon, Ph.D., Anne P. Glass, Ph.D., of The University of Georgia, were the director and associate director, respectively, of the Georgia Geriatric Education Center. Partners at Mercer University School of Medicine included Lee A. Hyer, Ed.D., ABPP, and Richard J. Ackerman, M.D. Partners at Armstrong Atlantic State University included Richard W. St. Pierre, Ed.D., and Anita S. Nivens, R.N., Ph.D.

Gerontology Education & Training Alliance (GET-AGE)

The Gerontology Education & Training Alliance (GET-AGE) is a statewide collaborative partnership that is interested in making more gerontology training available to those who work with older adults. Several of our training modules are currently available at no charge if you do not require professional CEU or CME credits. These modules may be of interest to family caregivers as well. In addition, some of our partners in GET-AGE also offer training. We will be adding links on our "Other Training" page so you can easily find out more about these opportunities.

At this time, members of this collaborative partnership include: Aging Services of Georgia, Georgia AARP, Georgia Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Division of Aging Services, Georgia LEADS, Georgia State University Gerontology Institute, and the University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology. Funding from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation has provided partial support for this effort.

Thank you for visiting our Web site. We look forward to serving you and welcome your comments and suggestions.