Trends Driving Human Service
It seems with any industry there is always a “hot topic” or “buzz word” being thrown around as the topic du jour. In the human services profession we have managed to skip much of the ever changing vernacular and oft changing focus. However, with increased attention on addiction and its effects on culture and society, the industry has started to see more trends that are driving regulations and how we view and do “business”.
An Aging Population: What does it mean for Gerontology?
In 2011, the baby boom generation began to turn 65. In fact, the Pew Research center tells us that every day for the next 19 years approximately 10,000 people per day will turn 65 (Cohn, 2010). This kind of population “growth” is unprecedented, and unfortunately, as a society we aren’t really as ready as we should be for it. However, where there is a weakness we can find a strength and where there is a threat, there is an opportunity! What our society needs right now are capable, compassionate gerontologists. People who find their passion and God given talents in helping those who have traveled life before them. Our society is in need for individuals to research, advocate, plan for and most importantly care for the folks who are aging within it.