CSU, Chico News

Events Steer Students Toward Careers in Booming Aging Industry

Date: 04-08-2014

Seema Sehrawat, Director
Interdisciplinary Center on Aging
Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Interdisciplinary Center on Aging (ICOA) will host Careers in Aging Week April 9-17. The national event is aimed at bringing awareness to the growing shortage of people trained to meet the needs of older adults.

Several events are planned, beginning with an adapted dance workshop Wednesday, April 9, hosted by recreation professor Michael Leitner and students taking his course on Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Older Adults (RECR 360). At the workshop, students will pair up with older adults to learn and perform simple folk dances, including from a seated position. The free class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Selvester’s Café.

On Thursday, April 17, a panel discussion and career fair will allow faculty, students and community members to interact with representatives from organizations serving older adults in Butte County. The panel is from 9 to 11 a.m., and the career fair is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both take place in Selvester’s.

Throughout the week, members of the campus’ Interdisciplinary Gerontology Club will staff a table in Trinity Commons to spread awareness about career possibilities in the field of aging adults.

Careers in Aging Week is an annual joint venture between The Gerontological Society of America and its educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

“According to the federal Administration on Aging, Americans age 65 and older now constitute about 13 percent of the population,” said Seema Sehrawat, director of the ICOA. “That figure is expected to increase to 19 percent, or 72 million, by 2030. It’s important we make students and others in our community aware of how they can get involved as we experience the impacts of this demographic shift.”

The CSU, Chico Interdisciplinary Center on Aging was created in 2009 to meet the ever-growing aging needs of Northern California. The ICOA strives to develop and demonstrate best practices for meeting the challenges and maximizing the opportunities in an aging society. For more information, please visit www.csuchico.edu/icoa.