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Career Directions in Gerontology
As the impact of the graying of America is felt across the Country, many younger adults just starting out and older adults in mid career are looking again at this field as a career alternative for themselves. They do not have to look far. This is a rapidly growing area of job possibilites, and GPLI seeks to help job seekers understand better what they need to secure one of these jobs.
This page will develop over the next few months, but to get us started check out what was shared by the Gerontological Society of America in its newsletter. Jennifer Palmer posted an article that addressed the overall categories of job where aging was headed.
Direct Care: Careers here include medical careers, nursing, rehabilitation therapies, psychological and social services, hospice care, case management. The sites for this kind of direct care are also diverse, including the home, community based agencies, long term care facilities, and of course, hospitals.
Non-Profit Services: Locally based organizations which serve seniors are all over Long Island and offer potential for managerial jobs as well as direct care services workers. Specific examples include Family Service League, Catholic Charities, and JASA.
Government: Although funding has been cut locally in many areas, services to seniors continue, with at least some of this funding coming down through the Older American Act. Both Nassau County and Suffolk County offer a wide area of services, and careers here usually require that seekers take civil service tests.
Business and Industry: Most of the new housing options for elders are actually being developed by private industry. Some of these are continuing care retirement communities as in Peconic Landing and Jefferson Ferry, and some are Assisted Living Facilities as in The Arbors, or Atria Senior Living at Hertlin House. There are a wide range of jobs in these facilities from admission to activities, but Marketing and Community Relations are two of the big areas.
Product Development: Whether it is new programs or new devices, or new apps, there is much that still must be developed to help us handle the aging of America, not to mention our own personal aging. Creative designers need to consider these needs and develop them for the marketplace.
Entrepreneurial Endeavors: Actually, for this area, the possibilites are almost breathtaking!
We need escort services, respite care, healthy food delivery for the home and at the take out level, concierge services, rent a handyman or woman, transportation alternatives, gyms for elders, travel options for singles aging, geek support, and that is just a beginning!
All of these new directions we will continue explore as we develop this page, but you have to get started now. Do your own research in one of these areas. And do seek out what special training in aging you might want to master so that you too, can be a gerontology professional.
Gerontology Professionals of Long Island, Copyright 2012