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Geriatric Care: Rising Life Expectancy as a Harbinger of Opportunity and Hope

Submitted by on October 9, 2016 – 12:13 AM

io-300x182Recent studies suggest that future generations born within the next two decades can expect to live 100 years or longer. Today the average lifespan of a woman is 81 years and that of a man is 76 years. The current problem seems to be that while people are living longer, in most cases their health is not well enough for them to live on their own and take care of themselves.


Today, there are many professions literally scrambling to fill positions in order to have the staff to support the elderly clients and help treat them for illnesses, chronic pain, and affordable housing. For example, the employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by about 18% through 2018. Other areas such as nursing, physical therapy, dental hygienists, radiologists, EMT’s and paramedics can all expect about the same.


With all these positions to fill, today’s youth heading off to college can find work immediately once they earn their degree, in a rewarding career with many benefits. If you are not able to physically attend a college or university full time, another option is available. Many online programs, like a Master of Science in Health Communication, offer the courses you need to earn your degree, allowing you to achieve a higher salary from the comfort of your home. These accredited courses from reputable schools allow you to earn your degree and change a career at your pace.


One of the best health care fields to be part of, is nursing. It’s a job that seems to constantly need new faces and is very exciting. In this field alone there is a wide range of career opportunities. You can earn a nursing degree; become an aid, a midwife or practitioner. In all these fields, geriatric nurses work with people who need their assistance and value their knowledge.


It’s a rewarding career that many online accredited colleges and universities are now preparing for by offering programs through which you can earn your Master of Science in Nursing degree.


As the population ages, there are other areas as well that need attention. Many families do not have the time or the professional background in order to bring an aging parent into their home. Dementia and Alzheimers are just a few examples where a family does not have the proper training to handle a person with these two diseases. In these instances, the parent needs around the clock care. The best place where they can remain safe would be a nursing home. Here, doctors, nurses, therapists, practitioners and aids all work together.


An average family just doesn’t have the time, knowledge and resources at their disposal to handle the daily requirements. With the population living longer and the health still faltering years before their death, nursing homes provide a comfortable place where parents can live out the rest of their years in a clean and safe environment.


Living well into your 80s, 90s and soon 100s requires additional staffers to handle the health care of the elderly. Earning a degree in nursing, radiology, physical therapy, medical sonographers, and an EMT not only gives you the satisfaction that you helped to improve the quality of someone’s life but also that you are earning a salary that can support you and your growing family.




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