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NDSU Distance and Continuing Education to Recognize Careers in Aging Week

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Posted on Apr, 04 2011

In an effort to raise awareness of the wide-range of career opportunities in aging and aging research, NDSU Distance and Continuing Education will join the Gerontological Society of America, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and Universities nationwide in recognition of Careers in Aging Week, April 10-16.

Colette Iseminger, recent graduate of North Dakota State University’s Gerontology master’s program and director of the Grand Forks Senior Center, is helping prepare area communities for the aging population. Through her research, Iseminger sheds light on the aging population, challenges communities may face, and what communities can do to prepare for an aging population.

Statistics from the Census Bureau indicate that in 2030, when all of the baby boomers will be 65 and older, nearly one in five U.S. residents is expected to be 65 and older. This age group is projected to increase to 88.5 million in 2050, more than doubling the number in 2008 (38.7 million). An increased aging population will require additional services for those individuals and because many of those individuals will be retired, recreational activities will become increasingly important.

Iseminger’s research indicates, “The baby-boomer population is no longer interested in retiring to a seniors only community. Baby-boomers are seeking recreational opportunities that foster interactions with all generations.” Because of this, the aging population will likely choose to move to larger cities for conveniences like public transportation, proximity to medical facilities, volunteer opportunities, and recreational options. Communities properly prepared for this influx of baby boomers may also reap the benefits of an abundance of individuals who desire to make a difference in their community by sharing their time and talents with deserving organizations. Individuals who are interested in volunteer opportunities, mentoring youth, or lifelong learning are encouraged to contact NDSU’s RSVP+ North Dakota office by calling 1-866-345-7787.

Individuals interested in a Career in Aging or to apply for the 36 credit online M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Gerontology degree or a 21 credit online graduate certificate in Gerontology may contact NDSU Distance and Continuing Education by phone at 701-231-7015 or by visiting our website at http://www.ndsu.edu/dce