A career in aging may relate specifically to gerontology (the study of aging), geriatrics (the medical aspects of aging) or a myriad of professions that impact the health and wellbeing of the older adult population.
If you are considering a career in aging, UCLA is a great place to be. We offer programs and training in many of the disciplines that relate to aging. Our interdisciplinary approach and innovative strategies are designed to ensure the best possible quality of life for older adults.
Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, a report from the Institute of Medicine states: “In 2011 the first baby boomers will turn 65, ushering in a new generation of older Americans. The 65-and-older population of the future will be markedly different from previous generations, with higher levels of education, lower levels of poverty, more racial and ethnic diversity, and fewer children.
Their most striking characteristic, however, will be their numbers. The aging of the baby boom population, combined with an increase in life expectancy and a decrease in the relative number of younger persons, will create a situation where older adults make up a much larger percentage of the U.S. population than has ever before been the case.
Between 2005 and 2030 the number of adults aged 65 and older will almost double, from 37 million to over 70 million, accounting for an increase from 12 percent of the U.S. population to almost 20 percent. While this population surge has been foreseen for decades, little has been done to prepare the health care workforce for its arrival.”
UCLA is a great place to take your first steps toward a career in aging. We strive not only to prepare the very best health care workforce through education, clinical training, and research, but also to open the many doors to new careers.
If you have any questions about opportunities within the UCLA Division of Geriatrics, feel free to contact us at our main office.Contact Us