Online Courses: Foundations in Longevity and Aging

Knowledge of aging and older adults is crucial, especially in certain professions. With the onset of COVID-19, this is apparent now more than every more.

This nine-part series anchors concepts of gerontology relating to longevity and aging, all set within the context of the current pandemic and with hands-on strategies, tools, and case studies. Foundations in Longevity and Aging is a product of VCU's College of Health Professions' Department of Gerontology and the Longevity Project for a Greater Richmond.

No prerequisites are needed to complete modules. This online curricula series is intended for:

  • Health Professionals
  • Recareering health professionals
  • Emerging health professionals
  • Anyone who desires rigorous, evidence-based continuing education

What you will experience is the best of the evidence-based practices based on decades of theory and application. Participants in this series can earn individual badges for completing each module and a micro-certificate for completing the entire series. We invite you to embark with us on this nine-part series while learning and applying some of the foundation concepts in longevity and aging.

Please contact Kim Ivey at for more information or review the Foundations in Longevity and Aging FAQ for frequently asked questions. 

Individual Badges  

Online modules are priced at $60 eachBadges will be awarded for the completion of each module. To register for one or more modules, please click on this link.

Click on each module title below for a brief description and to learn more. Each module is a pre-recorded video lecture great for self-paced learning. 

Five Things Gerontologists Want you to Know about Longevity & Aging
Trauma and Resilience: Reconnecting to Sources of Strength
Ethical Decision-Making and A Caring Response
Purple Zones: Blue Zones, Red Politics and Applying Principles in Challenging Times
Social Connectedness, Health and Well-being
Supporting Individuals with Dementia During Covid-19 and Beyond
Balancing Quality of Life and Infection Control
Medication Safety Across the Lifespan
Disrupting Ageism


To earn a micro-certificate in "Foundations in Longevity and Aging", all nine modules listed above and a self-reflection exercise must be completed. Those enrolling in the entire series receive a 10% discount off the per module charge. 

To register for the full micro-certificate at the discounted rate, please click on this link