Record Level of Gero-Education & Awareness

May 7, 2019
2018-19 Aging Scholars, including MSW AEA scholars and BSW AEGSW

2018-19 Aging Scholars: (Back row from left) Sunghwan Cho, Rachel Potter, Kari Nystul, Kassara Kneeland, (Front row from left) Stephanie Larson, Jessica Miller, Sammi Witmer (BSW), and Emma Schedler. Not pictured: Ashley Shoonover

Thank you to the MSW Area of Emphasis in Aging (AEA) Scholars and BSW Area of Emphasis in Gero-Social Work (AEGSW) for a banner semester of activities this spring, which included:


Throughout the month of March, scholars in the MSW Area of Emphasis in Aging and BSW Area Emphasis in Gero-Social Work visited multiple classes to raise awareness about the lack of a workforce prepared to meet the needs of a rapidly growing older adult population.

Scholars presented to a Careers Investigation’s Class at Park High School (ISD #833) for 9th-12th graders, speaking about both the field of social work and general careers in aging. They planted career idea "seeds" and also encouraged students to combat ageism.  A second group of students presented to Dr. Katharine Hill’s Policy class to spread the word about key policies and issues affecting older adults. These scholars also highlighted the vast array of micro, mezzo, and macro social work career opportunities with older adults. Finally, scholars spoke to a respiratory therapy class at St. Kate’s to lead a conversation with respiratory therapy students about the role of social work on an interdisciplinary healthcare team and the general need for health professionals trained to work with older adults.

View Aging Scholars' Spring Class Visits photo album in Facebook» 


The MSW Area of Emphasis in Aging Scholars were actively involved in this year’s MGS conference, presenting, volunteering, and receiving accolades! AEA scholar Emma Schedler and Aging Services Coordinator Tanya Rand presented on the panel, “Careers in Aging: Gerontologists Wanted NOW.” AEA scholar Rachel Potter presented on the panel, “Challenges and Solutions to Mental Health Services for Older Adults.” And AEA scholar Stephanie Larson received the Elva Walker Spillane Scholarship, one of the MGS annual awards for Minnesota students studying in a field related to gerontology or geriatric health.

View AEA scholars at the MN Gerontological Society 2019 conference photo album in Facebook» 


On April 25, the MSW Area of Emphasis in Aging (AEA) scholars and the BSW Area of Emphasis in Gero Social Work (AEGSW) hosted a phenomenal Careers in Aging event, highlighting gero practice awareness, education and career exploration. They transformed the entire second floor of Summit Classroom Building into spaces to explore and learn about aging trends and experiences, and to network with agency representatives who work in fields focused on supporting and enhancing the well-being of older adults and their families. Scholars' tremendous effort paid off in a highly-interactive, engaging event that we hope will continue to grow in size and scope over the next few years!

View Careers in Aging 2019 photo album in Facebook»


Last, but certainly not least, we congratulate AEA scholar Sunghwan Cho, who has been accepted into the PhD in Social Work program at Virginia Commonwealth to further his research and practice in the area of aging.  We could not be more proud.