Do you want to make a difference in the life of an older adult?
April 10 to 16 marks Careers in Aging week. This week is designed to bring attention to those who work with the aging community. In January, the first baby boomer turned 65. More than 7,000 people will turn 65 years old every single day of 2011. Whether or not you have a career in geriatrics (or “the study of health and disease in later life”), the workforce will be facing aging issues as the world continues to age.
Geriatrics is a growing field with many opportunities. Many companies offer a wide range of careers in aging and aging research. The need for qualified employees in the aging services field continues to grow.
Below is a (very short) list of jobs in the aging industry.
1) Geriatric Care Manager
A care manager helps families who are caring for loved
ones, whether living close by or living far away. Most
often, care managers have experience in nursing,
gerontology, social work, or psychology. They act as an
experienced guide and resource for families of older
adults and others with chronic needs, such as dementia,
Alzheimer’s, or Parkinsons.
With a license or certification, you can serve those
needing long term care as a physical, occupational or
speech therapist. Full therapists require four to six years
of higher education.
3) Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®)
These specialists are qualified to address the needs of
home buyers and sellers over the age of 50. Their
expertise includes special training and regular updates to
counsel clients through relocating, refinancing, and selling
the family home.
4) Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)
Many older adults want to remain in their own homes as
they age. As an aging in place specialist, you have
expertise in working with older and maturing adults to
remodel and modify their home to age in place safely.
5) Facility Administrator
Administrators in nursing homes, retirement communities
and senior housing facilities are responsible for all
aspects of facility funding, as well as human resources,
federal and state regulations and quality care.
People report great job satisfaction in addressing the challenges of the aging population. If you're unsure about a particular career path, you may want to become a volunteer or intern first. If working in aging interests you, take the first step and learn about the career opportunities in your area here.