required to receive further licensing and certifications. There are options through the PhD level, and at this level would most likely include research and policy. As the senior population grows, there is a projected growth in this field of 25%, with an additional growth of 34% in the healthcare fields through the year 2020. The Boomer cohorts are indicated as a noted as a major contributing factor.
In addition to professional staff, there are many volunteers working in the field with seniors. One area that I found in my research on the topic of self-empowerment, are the new-age modalities that will spill over into the counselling of the aging demographic. Individuals like ...view middle of the document...
I would then work with them to enable them to see the cause and effect of their decisions, in other words to create for them an action, thought and then a reaction to this chain of events. I would help them to understand how these patterns have affected them in the present moment, and in changing their reactions, the ability to see a future role. Using empowerment tools and techniques (subject materials such as visual and audio, meditation, etc.), an individual can awaken to their full potential and get excited again about living their best life.
The Code of Ethics for Gerontologists adopted in 2002, states the following:
To the individuals, families and communities ultimately affected
by our activities we owe our respect for their dignity, integrity,
and worth. We will avoid taking or recommending action on behalf
of a sponsor which is harmful to individuals and groups we study
I have noticed in my interaction with older adults that their feeling of self-worth is of prime importance. They are aware that some of their faculties have diminished as they have aged. They are also aware that things that came easily to them before are now much harder; specifically those that were technically savvy are now finding it difficult to remember how to move around a computer and find the information there that might be relevant to their needs. This creates frustration and anger, and as a counselor I feel it is necessary to enhance their sense of empowerment and calm them from the stress they might be feeling.
The population that I believe is in dire need of this type of counseling are those that are in the transition of having been fully functional in their daily lives to needing some type of assistance. These are individuals who prior to now have been in charge of their lives, possibly running a business or household and now finds they are having short term memory loss and unable to function in the same capacity. One minute they are working on something of importance, and may become distracted possibly by a phone call or conversation. They are then unable to remember what they were...