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WHAT JOBS AND CAREERS ARE AVAILABLE?
Some professionals work directly with older persons. Their activities may include
- developing programs such as health promotion, senior theater groups, or intergenerational activities for older persons in senior centers, community agencies, or retirement communities;
- providing direct care to frail, ill, or impaired older persons in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or through adult day care or home care programs;
- counseling older persons and their families about issues of caregiving, employment, death and dying, or mental health; and
- advising older clients about estate planning and investments, financing long-term care, or housing options.
Other professionals are less directly involved with older persons, but work on their behalf, educate others, or investigate issues in the field of aging. Examples of their activities include
- conducting research on the aging processes and diseases associated with aging such as Alzheimer's disease or osteoporosis;
- analyzing issues related to older persons such as retirement opportunities, income maintenance, the health care system, and housing alternatives;
- planning, administering, and evaluating community-based services and service delivery systems for older persons;
- teaching courses on aging to college and university students, health care professionals, and older adults;
- advocating with or on behalf of older persons before legislative bodies or in institutional settings;
- designing products to meet the special interests and needs of older persons; and
- advising business, industry, and labor regarding older workers and consumers.
Some professionals devote themselves full-time to the field of aging; others divide their time between aging and other areas of interest within their disciplinary, professional, or clinical areas.