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ERIC Number: ED072198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Pages: 11
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The Older American: New Work, New Training, New Careers.
Gartner, Alan
For the great number of Americans over 65 years of age, meaningful work is a central activity, whether or not an income support system is needed. Human services work, helping others, is particularly suited to many older persons. This type of work calls for education and training for those who had worked in different areas. College programs should be developed for older workers engaged in second careers, with credits granted for life experience, work experience, and previous learning in order to sharply decrease the length of time required for a degree. Entry points into education or careers should not be limited to prescribed age groups but should be open to those of all ages. Unlike the traditional picture, the growing pattern will be for persons to be engaged in a variety of activities throughout their lifetimes. School and work should be seen as operating in tandem and not sequentially. Of course, efforts to combine work and study are not new. What is new is the concern for adults as well as for youth, the use of various equivalency devices, and the particular interest in human services jobs. Some present employment programs for older workers in human service areas are cited. (MF)
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Note: Presentation at the Annual Southern Conference on Gerontology (18th, Gainesville, Florida, January 1969)