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Research Society for Gerontology-Institute of Gerontology at The University of DortmundResearch Funder/Centre

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The Research Society of Gerontology with the associated Institute of Gerontology was founded in 1990 as an independent charitable association. In 1995, the Institute of Gerontology became associated to the University of Dortmund. The Director of the Institute of Gerontology, Prof. Dr. G. Naegele, at the same time is Professor of Social Gerontology at the University of Dortmund. The Committee of the Research Society consists of representatives from the University of Dortmund and Bochum, the municipality of Dortmund, representatives from social partners and welfare organisations and from the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Federal State of Northrhine-Westphalia.


According to its statutes the Research Society of Gerontology aims at: -Qualifying social policy concerning elderly people at the local, regional and federal level through scientific consultation -Improving qualification and training in the social and administrative work with elderly people -Further development of research and science in the field of social gerontology

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The Institute of Gerontology is concentrating on applied research, including policy consulting and evaluation of model programmes in the field of social gerontology. The main areas of research covered are community and residential care policies, family care, poverty research and social exclusion, labour market policy and the impact of ageing on the labour market. Therefore, the Institute of Gerontology is divided into three departments: 1.Social Policy and Social Planning for the Elderly 2.Training and Quality Assurance in Social Services for the Elderly 3.Demographic Change, Labour market and Social Policy for older workers


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Naegele


Forschungsgesellschaft für GerontologieEvin



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