Lucille B. (Luci) Bearon

Lucille B. (Luci) Bearon

PhD, CFLE Associate Professor, Adult Development/ Aging Specialist (919) 515-9146

Areas 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

Selected Publications

  • Allen, K., Huff, N., Kelly, J., Bearon, L., Behnke, A. (2014). Reaching families through social media: Training Extension professionals to implement technology in their work. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 2(2), 33-46. (link)
  • Bearon, L. B. (2014). Gerontologists and the real people we study: Honoring the lived experience and expertise of elders. [Review of the book 30 lessons for living: Tried and true advice from the wisest Americans, by K. Pillemer]. The Gerontologist, 54(2), 327-329. doi:10.1093/geront/gnu007
  • Bearon, L. B. (2013). The Burdens and Blessings of Family Caregiving. Raleigh: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. (link)
  • Bearon, L. B., & Bird, C. L. (2012). Delivering programs at worksites: Lessons learned by Extension educators. Journal of Extension, 50(4). (link)
  • Rejeski, W. J., Brubaker, P. H., Goff, D. C., Bearon, L. B., McClelland, J. W., Perri, M. G., & Ambrosius, W. T. (2011). Translating weight loss and physical activity programs into the community to preserve mobility in older, obese adults in poor cardiovascular health. Arch Intern Med. doi: 0.1001/archinternmed.2010.522.
  • Waites, C., & Bearon, L. B. (2007). Cross-professional partnerships: Innovation in continuing education for social workers and Extension educators. Educational Gerontology, 33(10), 833-853.
  • Bearon, L. B. (2002). Little old ladies and grumpy old men: How language shapes our views about aging. Raleigh: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. (link)
  • Bearon, L. B., Crowley, G. M., Chandler, J., M. Robbins, & Studenski, S. A. (2000). Personal functional goals: A new approach to assessing patient-relevant outcomes. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 19(3), 326-344.
  • Bearon, L. B. (1996). Concepts in gerontology: Successful aging: What does the good life look like? Forum for Family and Consumer Sciences, 1(3). (link)
  • Bearon, L. B. (1989). No great expectations: The underpinnings of life satisfaction for older women. The Gerontologist, 29 (6), 772 778.
  • George, L. K., & Bearon, L. B. (1980). Quality of life in older persons: Meaning and measurement. New York: Human Sciences.

Contributing Websites

Contact Information

Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
NC State University
512 Brickhaven Drive 210M
Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, NC 27695-7606