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Gerontologists

Social work combined with expert skills to help emotional, physical and psychological issues of aging holds bright career prospects as Gerontologists. Gerontology is a multidisciplinary field that draws from the knowledge of many professionals to provide expert care and advice to people, as they grow older.

Specialization in the gerontology careers:

  • Research Gerontologists perform research on the aging process.
  • Applied Gerontologists or Gerontologist Counselor work directly with the elderly.
  • Administrative Gerontologists develop and coordinate programs and services for the elderly.

Role of Gerontologists

  • Counseling older adults
  • Challenging common misconceptions about the aging
  • Researching the effects of aging or diseases that affect older adults
  • Teaching in a university setting
  • Advocating better services and care for the aging

Skills of Gerontologists

Compassion: Gerontologists work with elderly people they must have compassion and empathy for them.

Listening skills: Gerontologists should listen to their clients about challenges in their lives to effectively help and understand their clients’ needs.

Organizational skills: Helping and managing multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment, requires good organizational skills.

Problem-solving skills: Gerontologists need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Scope of Gerontologist in India

There is a demand for gerontologist professionals as people are becoming more aware of this field. Many gerontologists work directly with older adults as caregivers or advocates. Others work behind the scenes in medical research, education or administration.These graduates can expect a job as a gerontologist in non-profit sectors, nursing home, hospitals, government agencies, community service organisations, private practices, veterans affairs facilities and home-care services. These graduates also take their career as research, policy development and education.

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