In my 25 years working as a thought leader and remodeling contractor serving older consumers I have learned that the worst thing we can do is lump older people together. It is important to understand the full range of issues facing society and individuals as they age. Having worked with professionals, academics, and families, I know the importance of the foundational learning shared by those working in this field. Graduates need exposure to the breadth of issues in order to provide value to policy makers, for example, who are always looking for expertise to ground their efforts. This educational background will give successful candidates the tools to explore issues and craft innovative approaches and creative solutions.
Founder - HomesRenewed
Graduates of this program will be well positioned in a broad range of aging-related fields, not limited to healthcare-related fields, including administration, research, consulting, training and advocacy. All students in the M.S. in Aging & Health Program are required to successfully complete an Internship/Capstone Project.
Please see this great resource from the APA on Exploring Careers in Aging
We have relationships for internships with:
- MedStar Georgetown - Memory Disorders Program
- Office of Elder Justice
- Virginia Hospital Center
- Washington Hospital Center - Division of Geriatrics
- Washington Area Village Network (WAVE)
Graduates of this program may explore a variety of employment options in the following fields:
- Healthcare consulting firms
- Government agencies
- Think Tanks
- Public interest groups
"Americans are living longer than ever before thanks to medical and technological advances, and 80% have expressed a desire to age in place. However, there’s a dearth of affordable living options to support this soaring aging population, many of which are cost burdened. Long-term homesharing is gaining steam as a viable option because it enables aging adults to leverage their homes as assets, avoid social isolation and remain in their communities. It also benefits cities that are facing a housing crunch by opening up more affordable rental inventory to the market. The sharing economy and homesharing as a retirement solution to enable adults to age in place, maintain social connections and live independently, will be an increasingly important area of focus for graduate students in the next decade."
- Wendi Burkhardt, CEO, Silvernest Inc.
- Research institutions
- Legislators and legislative committees
- Insurance Companies
- Continuing Care Retirement Communities
- Assisted Living and Senior Centers
- Aging in Community Organizations