As the demographics of the United States, and the world, increasingly shift toward an older population, a need to understand implications of the built environment on the quality of life of older individuals exists.
The aging population represents a rapid increase in the number of people 65 years of age and older from 39.6 million in 2009 to 72.1 million in 2030 (based on data from the US Administration on Aging (2010).) This focus has brought an increased awareness on the impact the built environment has on individuals and their health.
This combination of gerontology and interior design provides a specialized area of focus that complements a broader graduate degree or offers a mid-career professional a more focused understanding of the relationship between the design of an environment and its aging occupants.
Who should consider this program?
M.A. students in gerontology
M.S. students in interior design and architecture
Professionals desiring additional credentials or certification, such as:
senior housing professionals
government services administrators
hospital and nursing administrators
health care workers
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been continuously accredited since 1913.