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Lucille (Luci) Bearon, Ph.D., CFLE


Adult Development/ Aging Specialist


512 Brickhaven Drive 210M


Area(s) of Expertise

  • Attitudes, beliefs and expectations about aging
  • Lifelong engagement and contributions of older adults
  • Education for family caregivers

Dr. Luci Bearon, a social gerontologist, received a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University in conjunction with its Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She has been in the field of aging for over 40 years. Her research, publications and service have focused on improving attitudes, beliefs and expectations about aging, encouraging the lifelong engagement and contributions of elders, making innovations in gerontology education and expanding education and support for family caregivers. As an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Adult Development/Aging at NC State, she provides technical assistance and educational support to county Extension educators who teach the public about successful and healthy aging, eldercare and grandparents raising grandchildren. Dr. Bearon teaches YFCS524 Gerontology in Family Life Education. She represents NC Cooperative Extension on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and received the 2011 Applied Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Vital aging: Sharing positive perspectives about aging through Extension programming; developing strategies to educate professionals and the public in gerontological literacy, reducing ageism and improving health and well-being in later life
  • Family caregiving/eldercare: Teaching self-care strategies and resource-finding skills for family members proving care to older adults
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren: Creating awareness and helping families cope with the challenges of parenting a new generation

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