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Leading Organizations Join Forces to Promote Careers in Aging

Stria Staff March 2, 2019

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and its educational organization, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education kick off Careers in Aging Week.

People are living longer and populations are aging worldwide. The demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. Careers in Aging Week is a marketing effort to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in the field of aging.

Careers in Aging Week is celebrated March 3-9 at businesses, clinics, coalitions, organizations, universities and other institutions around the world—where activities will provide important information about the wide range of professions in the field of aging and aging research, raise awareness about older populations and their needs, and inform students and the public of the many academic programs available to get one started on a career path.

“Regardless of the career path that one chooses, demographic trends in the U.S. indicate that a high number of the people you serve are likely to be older adults,” said GSA CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH. “The possibilities of careers in aging are limitless, and we are proud to join with new partners to cultivate the workforce of tomorrow.

Partners Include Key Aging Organizations

For the first time, LeadingAge, American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and Argentum are joining GSA to promote Careers in Aging Week.

“Raising awareness about the many career opportunities available in our field is crucial to addressing the current workforce crisis in aging services,” said LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan. “Workforce is the single most challenging issue facing providers today. We’re thrilled to be a part of this important effort.”

AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson agrees. “Staffing is one of our profession’s biggest challenges, and it’s a priority for us to continue to build resources and spread awareness to help providers attract and retain qualified, dedicated caregivers.”

How Your Organization Can Participate

A collection of social media and marketing materials are available to support organizations intersted in participating in Careers in Aging Week. Visit careersinaging.com to view the available resources and learn more about how to participate.

In addition to sharing materials through communications channels, participants are invited to share selfies their events or describe your career in aging on social media using #careersinaging19.

Throughout the week, “The Real Faces of Careers in Aging,” a series of video interviews with a range of professionals in the field of aging, will be released in social media.

Stria Supports Careers in Aging Week!

We are proud to make Stria subscriptions free for students in aging and gerontology programs at colleges and universities. Email us to get free access for your school. Here are several stories and resources to read and share during #careersinaging19 week.

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