Today, more than 36 million Americans are over the age of 65. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. Due to these statistics, interest in the field of gerontology has increased in recent years. Younger generations must come up with ways to best care for and manage critical issues in healthcare and welfare for this aging population.
People who work with aging adults have a strong desire to help others, effective communication skills, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. A job in human services involves direct contact with people who require patience and understanding. If these qualities describe your personality, a career in social services might be right for you.
The purpose of gerontology education is to present facts and information about aging today. The study of gerontology covers the issues that older people and their families will face. It deals with issues that an aging society will raise for all of us.
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— By 2050, Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 – more than double that of 2010.
— There are only 127 certified geriatricians in Georgia against a need for 442 based on the elderly population.
— Older adults account for one-quarter of all doctor’s visits, one-third of all hospital stays, and more than one-third of emergency medical responses.