Older adults (age 65+) are projected to globally exceed the number of children by 2047; and by 2030, one in five persons in the U.S. will be over 65. Professional counselors may be underprepared to meet the needs of this growing population. The AADA Older Adult Task Force is a network of counselors, counselor educators, and students dedicated to advocacy, research, and best practices for working with older adults. This poster describes insights and initiatives related to the Task Force’s 2018–2019 strategic goals.
Participants will become acquainted with the Association for Adult Development and Aging’s Older Adult Task Force. This will include gaining an overview of the task force’s 2018-19 initiatives and the resulting insights provided by the task force’s leadership committee. Participants will gain information and research curated from case studies acquired through the Older Adult Task Force to promote best practices for professional counselors working with older clients.
Participants will learn advocacy efforts employed by the Older Adult Task Force, including information related to professional advocacy for older adults, challenges and opportunities with Medicare advocacy initiatives, strategic community-based partnerships (i.e., collaboration with local Area Agencies on Aging), and strategic partnerships with counseling organizations, including Chi Sigma Iota, the National Board for Certified Counselors, and ACA state branches.
Participants will discover aging-related scholarship within the counseling profession, as well as helpful insights and strategies to promote proposals, research publications, and grants that contribute to research related to aging issues and working with older adults. Participants will also learn ways in which professional counselors, counselor educators, and counseling students may engage with a network of scholarship promoted by the Older Adult Task Force, to connect individuals with shared research interests in working with older persons.