Orange County's first Gerontology Center is closer to becoming a reality as a campaign to raise money for the Cal State Fullerton project nears its $1.75-million goal.
Spearheaded by the Continuing Learning Experience, an organization made up primarily of retired and semi-retired people, the donations total about $1.4 million, said Rosalie Gilford, gerontology program coordinator at the university.
With 12% of the population over the age of 65, there is an increasing interest in older people and their needs, Gilford said. By the year 2030, about 20% of the population will be over 65, she said.
Cal State Fullerton's Gerontology Center will provide classrooms, large meeting rooms, laboratories and offices for students preparing to work with elderly people. It also will provide research facilities and house a self-directed learning program by Continuing Learning Experience members, Gilford said.