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.
- 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
- 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