Why Gerontology?

The Pruett Gerontology Center

The Mission of the Pruett Gerontology Center is to provide service to Abilene Christian University and the community through programs of instruction, service/learning and partnership with faith-based and community-based programs that prepare students and organizations for Christian service and leadership with families and communities focusing on global aging.  

The gerontology program has been a part of ACU since 1984, and the Center for the Study of Aging opened in 1986. It was renamed Pruett Gerontology Center in 1994 to honor benefactors Zack and Geneva Pruett. With the help of a generous endowment, the program has grown to include a greater number of resources and academic programs. The Center is housed in the College of Education and Human Services.

Zack and Geneva Pruett

Services to Academics and Careers

Students may earn a Certificate in Aging Studies through the Pruett Gerontology Center. Certificate holders find rewarding positions across the nation in roles such as these:

  • Senior adult ministers
  • Staff members for Adult Protective Services, Area Agency on Aging, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • Directors of community programs and services related to aging issues and older adults
  • Positions in research, advocacy and teaching gerontology
  • Counselors to older adults and their families about issues of caregiving, employment, death and dying, or mental health

Services to Communities of Faith

The Pruett Gerontology Center assists churches throughout the nation with:

  • Assistance in developing ministries with senior adults
  • Information regarding curriculum, resource materials and workshops
  • Training for workers to serve churches as senior adult ministers
  • Educational conferences and seminars on a national, regional and local level 

Services to Community of Organizations

Community organizations and agencies have access to a wide range of services and resources through the Pruett Gerontology Center, including:

  • Educational conferences and seminars
  • Assistance in developing and conducting research projects
  • Resource library and bibliography for suggested reading

"The Pruett Gerontology Center is an unparalleled resource in the area of religion and aging. Its mission is critical as the American population ages and, more important, as communities of faith age at an even greater rate." - Dr. Jamie Knapp, author and speaker, Van Alystyne, Texas


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