Young Workers Find Joy in Caring for Seniors

by | Stephen S Bowman's Blog


Speaker 1:    You have to have creative visual ways and narrative ways of telling a story that check people and make them think, yeah, I’ve always thought of it that way but maybe that’s not the right way of thinking about it.

Speaker 2:    My name is [Nikayla-Frederick 00:00:15].

Matt Wilcox:    Matt Wilcox.

Hannah Monroe:    Hannah Monroe.

Summer Blizzard:    Summer Blizzard.

Kendra:    Kendra.

Carson Holly:    Carson.

Speaker 8:    I went to school for economics.

Mike North:    I actually have a psychology background.

Patrick Cason:    I thought I’d be a video game programmer.

Matt Wilcox:    Our generation has-

Jamie:    Stumbled into it a little luckily actually.

Matt Wilcox:    A lack of awareness around that this is something that they can do that’s a viable option.

Carson Holly:    I can’t imagine ever leaving it.

Speaker 12:    This is something that we need to draw attention to.

Katie S.:    Any opportunity to bring generations together is beneficial.

Ngareta Melgren:    This is how we can do it.

Speaker 8:    When people are looking to start a career, one thing they’re looking for is how to make a living. Another thing that at least I was looking for, and I think nearly everyone is looking for, is something additional.

Hannah Monroe:    To be a part of the large scale movement.

Speaker 8:    Just something else other than a paycheck.

Ngareta Melgren:    It doesn’t matter if it’s big or if it’s small.

Speaker 8:    There’s the what which is the paycheck, and then there’s the why.

Patrick Cason:    You can actually change someone’s life.

Speaker 8:    As it relates to the why, I can’t imagine doing something better than helping people’s grandparents.

Sharon Pewtress:    It’s really not marketed very well.

Ron Schaefer:    It’s not on anybody’s radar.

Katie S.:    This great opportunity for kids right out of college.

Speaker 17:    I was going down a different path and I found myself working a job with older adults, and I loved it.

Speaker 8:    Any interest that you already have-

Hannah Monroe:    Take what you’re good at-

Speaker 8:    Can be applied towards the field.

James Appleby:    You don’t have to be anyone disciplined to be involved in a career in aging.

Speaker 1:    Is there so much need-

Hannah Monroe:    Be a gerontologist.

Bob Kramer:    Videographers, filmmakers, writers-

Speaker 1:    Technology, technologists, lawyers, health care professionals, carers, caregivers-

James Appleby:    Anthropologists to zoologists, just about every letter of the alphabet in between.

Sharon Pewtress:    It’s pretty exciting.

James Appleby:    Biologist, chemist, demographers, economists, geriatrician, nurses, psychologists, social worker. I think you get the picture.

Speaker 20:    There’s not just one path.

Bob Kramer:    Getting involved now in the aging field, it’s a entrepreneur’s dream.

Patrick Cason:    There are a ton of big problems that people young and old are trying to solve.

Bob Kramer:    I’ve got tons of demand but the present market, the present product is not wanted by any of that demand. That says I got a great opportunity here.

Speaker 20:    I think people have a fear of working with older adults and that being really sad.

Mike North:    I actually ended up having a blast.

Speaker 21:    I think listening to stories made me a better person.

Speaker 2:    Take the chance to step out of your comfort zone.

Speaker 22:    Aging is the one thing that we all have in common.

Speaker 2:    Start a conversation with somebody who looks different from you.

Speaker 23:    Don’t be afraid of older people.

Speaker 24:    Have an open mind.

Matt Wilcox:    Yeah, we’ve met people who were just a [year-man 00:02:48].

Speaker 25:    Professors.

Matt Wilcox:    All kinds of stories.

Speaker 21:    They’re World War II Veterans.

Matt Wilcox:    National geographic.

Speaker 25:    Artists, politicians.

Matt Wilcox:    People who worked on the Manhattan Project.

Speaker 2:    You could end up gaining a friendship for life.

Matt Wilcox:    Man, it’s awesome.

Speaker 8:    There was a way for me to combine making a living with making a difference.

Bob Kramer:    Do well while doing good.

Jaime M. Hughes:    Find something that fulfills us that also pays the bill.

Kendra:    It’s not just a job. The people I’m taking care of are people.

Carson Holly:    At the end of the day, you feel passionate about what you’re doing.

Ron Schaefer:    It’s been the most rewarding thing I could possibly have done.

Speaker 8:    I can’t explain why.

Speaker 27:    [inaudible 00:03:26] something you feel driven toward?

Speaker 8:    Right. It’s like trying to describe love. Shakespeare made a go at it, but still you can’t describe it.