Gerontology Seminar Set at Lindenwood

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A seminar on careers in gerontology, the study of aging, will be at 7 p.m., Aug. 8 at The Gables in the center of the Lindenwood College campus in St. Charles.

"A lot of folks don't realize what academic training in the field is all about," said Marilyn Patterson, director of the gerontology program.

"They don't understand that there are so many career options out there."

Sometimes, she said, people associate the career as working in the medical field with geriatric patients. But, she said, that is not where people in the gerontology field are primarily working. "We are not focusing on training someone to be a nurse or a nurse's aide in any way," she said. "To get a degree means you might go into a whole wide range of career options."

Among careers in the field, she said, are some in the area of housing - such as independent living and housing management and development, nursing home administration, social services and outreach programs and counseling and mental health for older adults and their families.

"We are also going to touch on opportunities in the business or corporate world, such as marketing," Patterson said, noting that businesses are becoming more interested in employing someone knowledgeable in aging because older people are the fastest growing segment of the population. …