Young Workers Find Joy in Caring for Seniors
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.
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.