The Next Generation of Aging ServicesBy Andrew Siegel, Manager, Systems & Strategic Integration & Josh Bagley, Guide of the GHA Small Houses
On Friday, October 12, The George Washington University (GW) and LeadingAge DC co-hosted a C-Suite Panel and a young alumni panel for students in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health.
The event informed rising leaders about the rewarding field of aging services. Goodwin House staff members Andy Siegel and Josh Bagley participated in the Young Alumni Panel and shared their passion for their work in the field. Together with other panelists, Siegel and Bagley discussed the tremendous business opportunity that lies ahead. With the number of Americans age 65 and older projected to more than double from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060, there is tremendous career potential for young careerists. The industry needs skilled leaders who seek to meet the new needs rising with this wave of an aging population.
Panelists Joshua Bagley, Guide of the GHA Small Houses at GHA;
Lauren Sims, Administrator at Falcons Landing;
and Andy Siegel, Manager, Systems & Strategic Integration at GHI
Panelists fervently encouraged students to join the ranks of aging services because ‘we need you.’ Each speaker told their personal story, sharing why they pursued a career in the field. At the heart of every story were the joy and satisfaction each panelist feels every day, thanks to the relationships with the residents whom they serve. Few careers are this rewarding.
By the end of the discussion, students shared in these feelings that enjoyed by those of us who choose careers in aging services: passion from developing deep relationships; experience from engaging in all elements of the business; and fulfillment from making a difference in the lives of the Greatest Generation.