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Integrate Gerontology and Geriatrics into Your Classroom

Check out how you can integrate gerontology or geriatrics into your classroom with the numerous opportunities provided by the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)! There are so many ways to get involved from simulations using standardized patients to academic programs geared towards future health professionals. 


Activity Professionals

The Activity Professionals is a 10-credit hour program that certifies the student to work as an Activity Director in a licensed senior living facility.

Social Services Designee

The Social Services Designee is a 10-credit hour program that certifies the student to work as a Social Service Designee in a licensed skilled nursing facility.


Geriatric Simulation Kits

Simulation kits can be used as a great learning tool for students to learn about impairments and conditions while they gain a sense of empathy and sensitivity to the challenges these changes may have on daily life.

Standardized Patients

Standardized patients are actors that follow a script to simulate a real-life situation in the health-care field.

Dementia Live

Dementia Live offers direct care workers and family caregivers a unique understanding of dementia and aging.

Telehealth and Learning Modules

Ageism Presentation

The Ageism presentation covers the basics of ageism; ageist stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination; and how it affects individuals and communities. Image credit: iStock

Age-Friendly Healthcare System Presentation

The Age-Friendly Healthcare System presentation​ will familiarize learners with the meaning, importance, and assessment tools of 4Ms Framework.


The GWEP’s Telehealth Resource Library holds a collection of resources for students and faculty for the purpose of furthering the knowledge and accessibility of telehealth.

Unconscious Bias Presentation

Unconscious Bias: Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential offers a principle-based and practical approach to identifying and addressing unconscious bias in our everyday life.


Minka Smart Home Tours

The Minka Learning Lab for Living Well is a 640-square-foot smart home showcase for living-in-place with integrated technology.

Minka Immersive 360 Tour

Learn about the Minka Learning Lab for Living Well smart home integrated technology with our brand new Immersive 360 tour at Minka Lab.

Dementia Friendly Initiatives

Dementia-Friendly USI Community

The USI Dementia Friendly Community group supports family caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's and related disorders.

Dementia Friends Indiana

Dementia Friendly Indiana Information Session is a one-hour discussion led by a Dementia Friends Champion.

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The Administrator-in-Training (AIT) program is an 1,040 hour residency for undergraduate or graduate students necessary to sit for the Health Facility Administrator exams.

GERO 215 - Global Aging & Health Care

Learn more about age-friendly environments and global aging issues by taking GERO 215 – Introduction to Global Aging and Health Care.


Careers in Aging Week

Keep an eye out for more information on Careers in Aging Week, happening in late March of 2024. The USI GWEP will offer special activities, events, and presentations dedicated to raising awareness about careers in the field of aging.

GWEP Podcast

bOLDer People

bOLDer People is a podcast that explores the dynamic lives of older adults in southwestern Indiana.

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