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Title: Career Paths and Ladders in Gerontology and Geriatrics


1
Career Paths and Ladders in Gerontology and
Geriatrics
  • Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Ph.D.,FGSA, FAGHE
  • Director Geriatric Education and Research
  • University of New England
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • May 23, 2007

2
Goal
  • Create the foundation for thinking about career
    paths and jobs in aging related fields
  • Social
  • Health
  • Education
  • Service
  • And any combinations or inadvertent omissions

3
Objectives
  • Begin to chart the course for aging related jobs
    and careers
  • Share pearls of wisdom to think about in relation
    to jobs in the aging field
  • Provide resources

4
Gerontology
  • Study of aging process and individuals as they
    grow from midlife through later life
  • The study of physical, mental and social changes
  • The investigation of the changes in society
    resulting from our aging population
  • The application of this knowledge to policies and
    programs

5
Geriatrics
  • The study of health and disease in later life
  • The comprehensive health care of older persons
  • The well-being of their informal caregivers

6
Aging Demographics
  • Every 76 seconds someone turns 50 y/o.
  • Fastest growing segment 85 y/o ? 401
  • 20 of the population will be over 65 y/o (2030)
  • 34 million now
  • 69 million 2030
  • 80 million 2050
  • America Population ? 50 overall
  • But those 65 ? 135

7
Aging Demographics
  • 50 of Maines 65 y/o live with a parent
  • 1 of 65-74 y/o live in a nursing home 5 of
    75-84 y/o 15 for 85
  • 2005 ½ of the US workforce was over 40 y/o

8
Work Force Demographics
  • By 2011, the first wave of Boomers will be
    eligible to retire
  • Boomers will exit the workforce until 2030
  • Ratio for Working age Retirement age will
    change from 41 to 26
  • Working age population will increase to 5.7
  • Retirement age population will increase to 66

9
Societys Construction of Aging
10
Aging Related Jobs are Abundant
11
Heterogeneity in Aging
  • The period between the ages of 65 and 105, a full
    40 years, represents a significant portion of
    ones lifespan.
  • Health care providers would never consider
    equating the health care needs of a newborn with
    the needs of a person in early-middle age, both
    members of the cohort of the first 40 years of
    life.
  • As services for older adults are explored, also
    potentially spanning 4 decades, we must
    anticipate and appreciate the developmental,
    biological, psychosocial, and functional
    diversity.
  • Young, H. (2003) Challenges and Solutions for
    care of frail older adults. Online Journal of
    Issues in Nursing 84, pp1-22 (wwww.nursingworld.o
    rg/ojin/topic21/tpc21_4.htm)

12
A Place for Elders?
13
Careers/Jobs and The Aging Field
14
Is it Time for a Change?
  • According to the US Department of Labor
    individuals will change careers 3-7 times in
    their lives.
  • Those aged 18-38 make an average of 10 job
    changes!

15
The Health Workforce US Dept of Labor
  • During the decade ending in 2012
  • 7 of the top 10 fastest growing occupations will
    be in direct healthcare fields
  • 3 remaining information systems and software
    application relevant to health care
  • Health Care practitioners and Technical
    Occupations ?26 (1.7 million persons)

16
Up and Coming Jobs
  • Medical Assistants (59)
  • Network systems and data communications analysis
    (57)
  • Physician Assistants (49)
  • Social and Human Service Assistants (49)
  • Medical Records and Health Information Techs
    (47)
  • Physical Therapy Assistants (45)

17
Advanced Organizers for Career Paths and Ladders
  • Personal Inventory
  • Whats Important to You in a Job?
  • Test of Career Marketability for Job Seekers

18
Communication
7 Words
38 Voice Tone
55 Body Language
19
Stump the Panel and Discussion
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