Companies fund healthcare training programs for boomers

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August 4, 2010

Experts suggest that, as the country’s senior population grows, there will be an increasing need for aides in the healthcare industry who can attend to the caretaking duties of older adults who may need assistance.

Civic Ventures, a think tank that focuses on boomers, and the MetLife Foundation, have come together to fund free programs that will help train workers age 50 and over for these specific responsibilities.

Recently, the two organizations awarded Pennsylvania’s Northhampton Community College $25,000 for such a program, which will work to train a workforce of residential, personal and nurse’s aides.

“This is a good time for older adults to train for the important public-service jobs of today and tomorrow,” Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife said in a statement.

In addition to filling the gaps for healthcare workers, Judith Rex, director of Northhampton Community College’s Center for Healthcare Education, hopes that the initiative will provide baby boomers with encore careers that can offer them “some much-needed supplementary income.”

Seniors who are in need of a caretaker’s assistance but who are unable to find or afford the services may instead choose to invest in medical alert systems. These can ensure that you have a way to contact health professionals or authorities when necessary.