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Where are we (society) going in 1999-2000 and how are we getting there?

12/07/1999

1-We’re living longer, we’re taking care of more elderly relatives, and we’re going to have a shortage of workers to take care of us in nursing homes or at home.

Suzanne Kunkel, director of Miami’s Scripps Gerontology Center, and Bob Applebaum, associate director (both sociology profs) can tell you tons about our aging society, policies, options for senior living and more. Kunkel (513) 529-2645Applebaum (513) 529-2632

Kathy McGrew, a sociology prof. with the Scripps Center, researches people taking care of frail parents or spouses. (513) 529-3880.

Jane Karnes Straker (of Scripps) has researched reasons for the lack of frontline workers (hands-on caregivers) in nursing homes. (513) 529-5949.

Who will manage senior care in the future? 150 Miami students attended a gerontology career awareness fair in October. They came from sociology, communications, health appraisal and other majors. (Miami offers a minor and a master’s in gerontology.)

2-Technology is changing our jobs and creating first-of-their-kind positions in many companies. How do we prepare?

In addition to systems analysis and information management courses of study, Miami’s Interactive Media Studies (IMS) Center offers students practical, innovative ways to solve problems using interactive media (Web, etc.) in partnership with corporations and non-profit groups. Our young alums have taken jobs as online managers, writers and site producers for FoxSports.com, Chicago Tribune Interactive Media, Alpha-Zeta Inc. (an interactive solutions company in Chicago), USAToday.com, eXtraActive.net (a New York interactive marketing company), ESPN Internet Ventures, isocket.com (a Web development firm in Sausalito) and Ernst and Young Associates in Cleveland, among others.

IMS co-directors are Linda Crider (513) 529-1273 and Dennis Walsh at (513) 529-5250.

Miami, like other universities, offers many continuing education to train or retrain employees already in the workforce for changing technology needs. This includes individual classes or contracting with companies through our regional campuses. Karen House is director of continuing ed., Hamilton campus, 785-3131. Sharon Attaway is director of continuing ed., Middletown campus, 727-3213.

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