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Human Resources for the Aging Population

Human Resources for the Aging Population

April 2017

In the fall of 2016, nursing researcher Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, from the Université de Moncton, published a report entitled Portrait de la relève en matière de ressources humaines pour l’offre de services en français à la population vieillissante du Nouveau-Brunswick [Snapshot of the future availability of human resources offering services in French to the aging population of New Brunswick]. The report raised a number of important issues about human resources and the provision of services and care to seniors.

In the fall of 2016, nursing researcher Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, from the Université de Moncton, published a report entitled Portrait de la relève en matière de ressources humaines pour l’offre de services en français à la population vieillissante du Nouveau-Brunswick [Snapshot of the future availability of human resources offering services in French to the aging population of New Brunswick]. The report raised a number of important issues about human resources and the provision of services and care to seniors. More specifically, 1) high school students in New Brunswick know very little about aging; 2) negative attitudes exist towards seniors; and 3) there is little interest in embarking in a career working with seniors. This lack of interest among students is concerning as the population is aging, the majority of seniors live in the community (92%) and current employees working in home care are getting close to retirement age.

In January 2017, the provincial Council on Aging unveiled a provincial aging strategy. The strategy offers important recommendations on human resources, including the importance of short and long term workforce planning for senior services and care from disease prevention to home care and care facilities. Work conditions and continuing education are recognized as important components.

The goal of this virtual discussion is to reflect and start a discussion on the consequences of a workforce shortage in the context of an aging population and to identify possible solutions.

The following questions should help move the dialogue along:

  1. How can we get young people interested in a career related to aging or working with seniors?
  2. What should be the content related to aging in education programs in schools and in university and college programs?
  3. What roles should nurses play to support the provision of services and care to an aging population?

Presenter

Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard

Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, RN, PhD (Nursing)

CNFS-Université de Moncton Health Research Chair in Population Aging

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