People are living longer, and Alabama’s population is aging. By 2025, almost one million Alabamians will be 65 or older and more than 110,000 will be 85 or older.

The demand for professionals with expertise in long-term care is growing in our state and around the country. The U.S. will need between 5.7 million and 6.5 million nurses, nurse aides, home health and personal care workers to care for the 27 million Americans who will require long-term care by 2050. Aging services is a growing field ripe with opportunity.

That’s why the Alabama Nursing Home Association is joining other organizations to celebrate Careers in Aging Week 2019. Careers in Aging Week was created by the Gerontological Society of America and runs March 3-9. The week brings greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in long-term care. Careers in Aging Week is observed annually by businesses, clinics, coalitions, organizations, universities, colleges and other parties across the world.

From March 3-9, ANHA will share career stories of nursing home employees on its social media channels. The stories will highlight some of the various roles and job responsibilities available in nursing homes. The jobs vary in education and professional licensing requirements. Many individuals start at the bottom and work their way up a career ladder. Others transition in from another medical field. Because there are nursing homes in every Alabama county, you don’t have to travel far from home to find a rewarding career in aging.

We encourage you to follow along using #CareersInAging19. Share your long-term care career story and tag @AlabamaNursingHomeAssociation on Facebook and Instagram and use @ANHAtweets on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you.

Click here for more information and resources for Careers in Aging Week 2019.