Why Gerontology? According to a recent article in the AJC, services for the elderly and disabled is the third-fastest growing job industry in Georgia with a growth of 56% in the past six years.
How is this happening?
Currently, there are only 127 certified geriatricians in Georgia. Georgia has cited a need for 442 geriatricians based on the elderly population.
A national trend
The problem is nationwide. It’s estimated that 30,000 geriatricians will be needed by 2030 to care for 21 million elderly. There are about 7,000 now. Older adults account for one-quarter of all doctor’s office visits, one-third of all hospital stays, and more than one-third of emergency medical responses. Four in five need care for chronic conditions like heart disease, hypertension and arthritis. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
A fast-rising population
The elderly population will more than double between 2000 and 2030. By 2030, one in every four individuals will be over age 65 (U.S. Census Bureau).
Is Gerontology for You?
There are a many reasons why our students register for our Professional Development in Gerontology Certificate program. Perhaps you work in the healthcare industry and want to relate better to the older generation. Or maybe you want to learn successful techniques to properly care for your parents or grandparents. No matter what your situation is we’d like to invite you to find out more at our upcoming Career Training Expo.