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A mismatch exists between the need for and the availability of healthcare providers trained to meet the demands of providing care for older adults in the United States. Current healthcare providers have varying amounts of accurate knowledge regarding changes associated with aging. As a result, a lot of misinformation, bias, and stereotypes exist. This program is designed to educate healthcare providers to use current evidence to promote optimal care and care environments for older adults.
Why study for a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology?
Since older adults tend to have more chronic conditions, take more medications, have a greater likelihood of having a disability, and have sensory changes that impact communication, there is a greater challenge for healthcare providers. A shortage of specialized healthcare workers with the skills and knowledge needed to respond to the healthcare needs of older persons currently exists. According to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, many health professionals are not skilled and knowledgeable regarding current best practice for providing care to older adults. Healthcare providers still have myths regarding older adults' quality of life. Plus, they are not current on the recent research that is rapidly changing best practice. Healthy People 2020 has recognized this and has proposed a new goal to "Increase the proportion of the health care workforce with geriatric certification."
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