Geriatric Counselor

Geriatric counselling can be one of the many measures to help our elders age healthily. This type of counselling is meant to offer assistance to older adults during this difficult transition in their lives.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Patience 

  • High Emotional Quotient 

  • Passion for Mental health Care 

  • Compassion 

  • Passion to work with the elderly 

  • Analytical Mind 

  • Quick thinking in a crisis

PROS

  • It is rewarding to make a difference in an elder person's life

  • Sometimes a counsellor brings hope and a friendly face to a lonely person

  • Clients may be very interesting and from diverse backgrounds

  • Good salary potential in urban areas

CONS

  • It is emotionally draining to work against the inevitable 

  • Experience a lot of grief

  • Education is a long and expensive process

  • Work may be hard to find- its a very specialised field for a very small subset of the population

  • Breaking the stigma of mental health care is even more diffiicult with senior citizens

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospital/nursing home/Hospice care

  • private practise 

  • NGO 

  • Old age home

  • Rehabilitation Centres 

  • Research centres

  • Can work in a profession where grief is an everyday occurrence

  • Have excellent communication skills

  • Empathy

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Interesting Facts about the career

Geropsychologists are at the forefront of research on questions related to health and aging. 


Research in Geriatrics- Research on the aging brain provides clues to the risks and protective factors for mental disorders relevant to individuals across the life span.

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