Careers in Aging – Finding Compassion and Purpose in the Workplace

Careers in Aging – Finding Compassion and Purpose in the Workplace

Working with older adults provides a front row seat to the highs and lows of aging. You will see firsthand how people struggle and overcome the many obstacles older adults face with age. And with that, you will also find compassion and purpose in your work.


People 65 years old and older are now the fastest growing segment of the United States population. There are a broad range of exciting career opportunities in the field of aging and many reasons to consider this field.


It is not a One-Size-Fits-All Field

There are a wide variety of needs in the field of aging that require support from a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience. Areas of study such as psychology, health care, law, business, cognitive science, social work, engineering, architecture, human development, politics, art, music, education, nutrition, communications, and gerontology can all lead to work with older people.


It Provides a Lifetime of Learning

One of the most recognized benefits mentioned by those who work with older adults is how their residents, clients, and members become their teachers and mentors. Older people have a wealth of experience, have lived through significant historical events, and are informed on a broad range of subjects. Many love to share that knowledge and perspective.


You Will Feel Truly Blessed

Working in long-term care provides an opportunity to create special bonds and lasting friendships with residents, clients, and members. You will witness second and third acts, the development of new friendships, the discovery of new talents, and have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with people from different cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


You Will Be Appreciated

Your co-workers and those in your care will truly appreciate you.  When working with older adults, you will provide strength and comfort, and your residents, clients, members, and their families will appreciate your dedication and compassion. You may even become the high point of someone’s day. How many jobs offer that perk?


With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, jobs in elder care are in demand.  Check out a full listing of current RiverSpring Living and Hebrew Home opportunities on our website at:


JoAnne DeVito

Vice President of Human Resources