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The Aging Revolution

America is aging at an increasing rate. Since 1960 the overall U.S. population increased by 45 percent; persons 65 and older increased by 100 percent; and persons 85 and older increased by 274 percent. With the addition of 77 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964, the oldest of which began turning 60 at the rate of 10,000 per day in 2006, the aging of America is truly a societal revolution with far-reaching implications.

The Older Learner Center

In an attempt to help prepare and educate our community regarding this Aging Revolution, Grand Rapids Community College created the Older Learner Center. The main goal of the Older Learner Center is to meet the educational needs of an aging society through:

  • Outreach activities within the community including a wide variety of educational programming; public events and forums; training of aging network professionals; publication of written materials; and dissemination of various other educational materials regarding successful aging.
  • Development of educational curriculum and programs for training the gerontologist of tomorrow.
  • Leadership development, civic engagement, and training for area seniors.
  • Life enrichment and other lifelong learning opportunities for baby boomers and older persons.

About This Web Site

This web site has been designed to help educate you regarding topics related to aging, as well as inform you about the activities of the Older Learner Center. We hope that you find our site both informative and helpful, and welcome your questions or comments.

Contact: Mike Faber, Associate Director of the Older Learner Center at (616) 234-3483 or e-mail him at