A Carrerr as a Gerontologist

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Work plays an important part in our lives—it is a part of human life. We work certain hours a week in order to get money to pay for food, shelter, and even education. However, other than a job accommodating us for the basic necessities, it presents us with aims and goals besides financial security. A job, in which we pursue, should be exciting, beneficial in many ways, including providing us with confidence and satisfaction. For these reasons, I find myself trying my best to achieve a job as a gerontologist. Gerontologists are those who not only work to take care of the elderly but attempt to understand and address the needs of the elderly. An individual can take different paths of gerontology. They can either work with the elderly through community service programs or even research physical and psychological aspects of aging, with the overall aim being towards improving our quality of lives as we grow older. The area in which I would like to pursue my career in gerontology is adult daycare or also known as elderly retirement homes. Numerous elderly people, even those who are Alzheimer’s patients and other medically assisted live alone. Even though they do not need to have constant supervision, hour after hour, it is still beneficial for them to have some sort of daily social interaction. Adult daycare provides care and assistance, and especially requiring patience. This job career is most ideal for me since I have volunteered at a local Senior Retirement Home and have the characteristics and job personality for this area of gerontology. This job field is still growing and will continue to grow and as the generation of Baby Boomers begin to retire, there will be a rapid growth in the elderly population. It is said that the Bab... ... middle of paper ... ...nsion occurs within the society because of this of the increase of life expectancy, and elderly persons working longer than they should. Works Cited Ferraro, Kenneth F., ed. Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues. New York: Springer Pub., 1990. Print. “Gerontologist.” Career Cruising. Anaca Technologies Ltd., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. "Gerontologist." Ms Health Careers. MHA Health Careers Center, n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2014. Herlihy, S. "Government Jobs vs. Private Sector Jobs." EHow. Demand Media Inc., n.d. Web. "What Is Gerontology? Geriatrics?" Careers in Aging. Careers in Aging, 11 Apr. 2006. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. Wiener, Linda. "Careers in Aging: A Booming Industry." Business and Aging. Exploring Careers in Aging, 30 Mar. 2006. Web. 02 Mar. 2014. Vincent, John A., Chris Phillipson, and Murna Downs. The Futures of Old Age. London: Sage Publications, 2006. Print.

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