UNL and the University of Nebraska at Omaha offer a cooperative graduate certificate program in gerontology with a concentration in interior designed. The 18-credit hour program focuses on designing interiors – whether in homes, hospitals, assisted-living facilities and other settings – that meet accessibility, safety and aesthetic needs of aging adults.
Julie Blaskewicz Boron is the Doctoral Program Chair for Gerontology and is based at the university’s Omaha campus. She uses primary and secondary sources to research personal-level characteristics associated with variability in cognitive, physical, and behavioral resilience and change in individuals and couples throughout adulthood. Boron’s work has investigated differential longitudinal trajectories of cognitive change in adults, and person-level indicators of change, such as personality, cognitive training, gait, and health behaviors, such as alcohol consumption, physical activity, chronic disease, and eating behaviors. In addition, she has an ongoing series of studies focused on cognitive and physical performance and resilience during high cognitive load situations in everyday life, and the integration of technology to support medication adherence and improve quality of life in aging individuals and caregivers of aging individuals.