University Program Aims to Increase Student Interest in Gerontology

By Chris Hassan
Posted April 05, 2012 04:00 PM

University prepares students for careers in gerontology.
University prepares students for careers in gerontology.
By 2030, individuals 65 years of age and older will make up 19% of the total U.S. population, according to the Administration on Aging. This means there will be an increased need for healthcare workers who are trained to care for older patients.

Unfortunately, not many communities are prepared for this aging population, The Associated Press reports.

"The bottom line is, the baby boomers are hitting," Chuck Gehring of Ohio’s LifeCare Alliance, told The Columbus Dispatch. "Are communities prepared for this? No."

To help increase the number of healthcare professionals with the ability to provide the unique and complicated care that older patients require, the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing offers The Young Scholars Program, according to a press release.

This program, which is administered through the school’s Center for the Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Science, identifies bachelor’s and master’s degree seekers who have an interest in caring for older individuals. Those who are accepted have an opportunity to receive between one and three years of mentoring from faculty members. In addition, students work on various projects that provide them with a chance to co-author research or clinically focused articles, among other opportunities.

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