By Ellen Williams

Describes jobs operating with the aged, and discusses the tutorial standards, obligations, salaries, operating stipulations, and percentages for development.

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Occupational Choices The list below is representative of existing gerontology careers. The occupations have been listed under general career areas for clarity of reference; however, since most of these occupations would be appropriate to more than one career area, the listings should be viewed in that context. For example, nursing home ombudsperson can be considered a career in advocacy as well as health care. It should be noted that each of these job titles represents a profession permitting great flexibility and growth.

3. What images of aging have I seen in the print and electronic media? Have they influenced my perceptions of older adults? If so, how? 4. What can I learn from older adults? What can I offer to them? Basic to examining prevailing attitudes toward aging is a self-assessment of one's own attitudes toward aging. How one feels about the prospects of one's own aging and the image of what those later years will be like have a direct correlation to the type of attitude one will project to older adults.

Distance education is particularly attractive to those who are physically distant from an educational center as well as those not interested in attending a structured class in a group setting. Gerontologists familiar with the design of distance education are in strong demand. One reason why many older adults do not avail themselves of community educational programs is because of poor literacy skills. Illiteracy is a major problem worldwide, and older adults have been no less affected than the general population.

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