Geriatric care involves various aspects of the care of the elderly. The number of older people will vastly increase over the next fifty years, so providers will be in high demand. Multidisciplinary by nature, geriatric care involves specialists in nursing, medicine, speech and hearing, long-term care administration, education, pharmacy, occupational and physical therapy, counseling, public administration, recreation, and retirement housing.
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Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver — CBRF Caregivers primarily work in residential or transitional living facilities, meeting or assisting the residents in performing care and activities of daily living.
Geriatric Nurse Assistant — Geriatric nurse assistants perform a variety of duties to help care for older patients under the supervision of nurses and physicians.
Gerontologist — A gerontologist studies the aging process and individuals as they age. They study physical, mental, and social changes of older people as well as how these older people fit into society. As a result, programs and policies are established for the benefit of the aging population.
Long-Term Care Administrator — A long-term care administrator manages nursing homes, retirement homes, and other facilities devoted to the older population. (See Health Care Facility Administrator page)
Also see these occupations to which a geriatric specialty can be added:
Geriatric care providers of all types work in a variety of settings, including community organizations, retirement communities, academic settings, health care and long-term organizations, government agencies, and professional organizations. Many providers work directly with older people, providing direct care, counseling, advising, or developing programs. Many other professionals work on behalf of the older population, conducting research, planning and implementing services, designing products, and analyzing geriatric issues and advocating for changes.
Students should volunteer at a local organization to become familiar with how to work with older people.
Students can specialize in geriatric care, or aging, within a number of other disciplines such as biology, psychology, sociology, medicine, nursing, social work, or other health-related professions. A degree in gerontology is also available at all educational levels, associate to postdoctoral. In a master's level program, one part is devoted to core classes, one part to specialization classes, and the last part to a thesis or internship.
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Fox Valley Technical College
Gateway Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - New Richmond
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Superior
CBRF Caregiver - Average: $19,300
Geriatric Nurse Assistant - Average: $21,400
Gerontologist - Varies, dependent on primary discipline
Long-Term Care Administrator - Average: $95,000
American Association of Retired Persons
601 E St., NW
Washington, DC, 20049
888/687-2277 (OUR - AARP)
American Society on Aging
575 Market St., Suite 2100
San Fransisco, CA, 94105-2869
415/974-9600 or 800/537-9728
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
1220 L St., NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC, 20005
Gerontological Society of America
1220 L St., NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC, 20005
Leading Age Wisconsin
204 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI, 53703
2519 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC, 20008-1520
National Academy of Certified Care Managers
PO Box 669
244 Upton Rd.
Colchester, CT, 06415-0669
National Association for Home Care and Hospice
228 Seventh St. SE
Washington, DC, 20003
202/546-4759 or 202/547-7424
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC, 20036
National Association of Geriatric Education Centers
5600 Fishers Ln.
Rockville, MD, 20857
National Council on Aging
251 18th St. South, Suite 500
Arlington, VA, 22202
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Public Information Office - Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD, 20892-2292
301/496-1752 or 800/222-2225
Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance
PO Box 2969
Madison, WI, 53701-2969
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