Chair: Joan Davitt, PhD
Social workers specializing in aging are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the elderly. They search for alternatives to isolation, abuse, abandonment, and needless institutionalization.
A growing elderly population, increasing life expectancy, and diminishing health care have created a need for professionals skilled in helping older people. The School of Social Work has a long history in the field of aging and has trained faculty at local colleges in gerontology. Many opportunities exist for professionals skilled in working with older persons. Clinicians, community organizers, and social administrators specializing in aging have an edge in the job market: in agencies, housing programs, senior centers, family agencies, hospitals, and nursing homes, as well as in the public sector as administrators, policy advisors or clinicians.
This specialization is available to students in both the Clinical and Macro concentrations.