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USM to host information session on careers in aging

Posted March 27, 2013, at 5:33 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine – As part of the nation’s Careers in Aging Week, USM will hold an open house and information session 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in USM’s Abromson Center on the Portland campus.

Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Nancy Richeson and Professor of Adult Education Mike Brady will present “Careers in Aging,” and help celebrate the first year of our fully online Certificate in Gerontology program. Information about the expanding career opportunities in this stimulating and challenging field will be shared. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP for this event, visit http://bit.ly/XeFigu

Attendees will learn how to make a difference helping older adults maintain the quality of their lives and talk with area service providers about possible career options in aging. Meet the multi-disciplinary faculty and students who are currently enrolled in the certificate and join us for light refreshments.

If you are looking for a job in an area that is growing rapidly, that needs people with a broad range of skills, that will improve people’s lives and will be exciting, challenging and rewarding then consider a career in the field of aging.

Americans 65 and older now constitute about 13 percent of the population, according to the federal government’s Administration on Aging, and that figure is expected to increase to 19 percent — 72 million — by 2030. This demographic transition is resulting in a shortage of people trained to meet the unique needs of these older adults, and the array of industries that will be affected is quite diverse.

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