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ERIC Number: EJ798506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
A New Standard of Care: Despite Opportunity, Gerontology Programs Face Obstacles
Fernandez, Kim
Community College Journal, v78 n6 p30-33 Jun-Jul 2008
Across the United States, there is a need for professionals who have expertise caring for aging men and women. Doctors and nurses are among the most sought after. But it is not just clinicians who are needed; a variety of professionals, from housing specialists to social workers and service administrators, also are in high demand. Many of the nation's community colleges, highly sensitive to local workforce needs, have attempted to stay ahead of the curve through the addition of gerontology disciplines. Last year, the AARP released a report stating that at least 35 community colleges across the country offered courses in the field. Of those 35, however, AARP says, 17 have since discontinued or suspended programs, citing lackluster enrollments. Supporters of the programs counter that, despite a rocky start, the gerontology movement is poised to grow exponentially in coming years. Standing in the way of its success is not a lack of interest among students, they say, but confusion as to what gerontology is and what it entails. This article describes obstacles facing gerontology programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A