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CCGG was founded in early 1980 when James Birren, Dean of the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and his co-visionary, Bonnie Russell of CSU San Jose and head of the California Department of Aging, were successful in securing a two-year planning grant from the Luke B. Hancock Foundation. Birren became CCGG's first Executive Director.

      Since that time, CCGG has been the only statewide association that links academic institutions (including students, educators, researchers, and administrators), older adults and their families, legislators, service providers, business people, and other stakeholders.  CCGG represents California’s many exceptional institutions, including those from the California State University and University of California systems, private institutions, and community colleges.  We likewise represent members from the diverse disciplines which constitute the field of aging, including gerontology, geriatrics and the health professions, social work, psychology and human development, business, public policy, and many others.

CCGG's vision is to cultivate a state that

celebrates the value of every older Californian.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) promotes the quality of life of California’s diverse aging population through leadership and by fostering statewide collaborations among educational programs, providers, practitioners and public policy advocates in the field of aging.

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Our Goals

  • To provide statewide leadership and expertise in gerontology and geriatrics education, workforce development, and policy in California.

  • To strengthen and improve the quality of gerontology and geriatrics education in California.

  • To increase access to gerontology and geriatrics education programs in the state of California.

  • To promote opportunities for networking and collaboration among students, faculty, service providers, businesses, and legislators within the gerontology field and related fields in California.

  • To provide a forum for the development of academic faculty in gerontology and geriatrics in California.

Interested in Joining? 
Download our membership brochure to learn about the many benefits of becoming a member.

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