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April 02, 2013


The aging of America’s population is resulting in a shortage of people trained to meet the unique needs of older adults. To close this gap, The University of Montana Institute for Gerontology Education will host activities during the nationwide Careers in Aging Week, which is Saturday through Sunday, April 7-13.

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

Americans age 65 and older now constitute about 13 percent of the population, according to the government’s Administration on Aging. That figure is expected to increase to 19 percent – 72 million people – by 2030.

Careers in Aging Week activities will provide important information about a wide range of professions in the field of aging and aging research, raise awareness about older populations and their needs, and inform students and the public of the many academic programs available to get started on this career path.

The UM Institute for Gerontology Education will meet at noon Friday, April 12, in Skaggs Building Room 111. A short presentation will be followed by information sharing. The interdisciplinary body is composed of faculty, students and community professionals concerned with aging and is open to anyone interested in furthering the development of gerontological education. The event is free and open to the public.

UM has a new student organization, the UM Gerontology Society, which raises awareness of gerontological issues and fosters community involvement. For more information on the group, email or visit the UM Gerontology Society on Facebook at

For more information on Careers in Aging Week at UM, call MTGEC Associate Director Terry Egan at 406-243-2480 or email






Contact: TerryEgan, associate director, Montana Institute for Gerontology Education at UM, 406-243-2480,