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Center on Aging

Center on Aging
Kansas State University
253 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5504 fax

About The Center

Kansas State University's Center on Aging coordinates and develops educational and training programs in aging, stimulates aging research, coordinates outreach activities, and serves as a referral center for information on aging resources in Kansas. The Center on Aging faculty addresses general issues of aging and seeks solutions to the challenges of aging. Undergraduate students may work toward an emphasis in gerontology regardless of their primary major or discipline. Graduate students can apply for a graduate certificate or masters in gerontology. Most of the courses are offered by faculty in disciplinary departments throughout the university.

Our Mission

To provide a focus on aging issues through teaching, research, outreach and service that orients the talents of the faculty and the resources of the university toward identifying and addressing the challenges and opportunities of an aging society.


In 1975 the Kansas Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Center on Aging at K-State.  Dr. Richard L.D. Morse was appointed as the first director.  Between 1975-1981 the Center appointed George Peters as the next director, and the secondary major in gerontology and the long term care administration programs were approved and established as undergraduate programs.  Because of its interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, the Center on Aging was administratively positioned under the graduate school.  In 1992 the governance of the Center on Aging was transferred from the Graduate School to a Board of Deans which included Architecture, Arts & Sciences, and Human Ecology and Dr. Lyn Norris-Baker was appointed as director.  The governance of the Center on Aging was transferred permanently to the College of Human Ecology in 2002. Since 2002 our staffing has increased from three to our current fourteen full and part time staff.   Gayle Doll was named Interim Director in 2004 and as permanent Director in 2007. The online Masters in Gerontology and the online graduate Certificate in Gerontology, a part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, began accepting students in the fall semester of 2003.  Currently the Center on Aging has 196 students in the undergraduate programs and around 35 students in the online graduate degree and certificate programs.

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K-State Center on Aging presents "Personhood and Dementia"
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The K-State Center on Aging, located in the College of Human Ecology, will present their annual event, Personhood and Dementia, on Thursday, November 2. This year’s event will be held in the Hartford Room at the Bluemont hotel from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gary Glazner, founder of […]

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Gerontology professor wins Early Career Achievement Award
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Maggie Syme (front row, far right) receiving her award.Maggie Syme, assistant professor of gerontology, was recently awarded the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association’s Office for Early Career Psychology during their annual convention in August. This award was based on her research presentation as well as her contribution to the American Psychological Association (APA) as an early career psychologist. The […]

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