Vail Daily letter: Bloom of aging boomers |

Vail Daily letter: Bloom of aging boomers

Today’s job market is less than great and long-term career paths are difficult to find. No big secret here.

However, Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs and Edwards are being very progressive by providing students with an education in a burgeoning field.

The course, Personal Care Attendant, provides hands-on training to provide the skills to become a home-care worker, paid care provider, family caregiver and/or volunteer by preparing you to assist the chronically ill, disabled or frail older adult.

The course is being taught by Pat Hammon, a longtime Vail Valley local who is making a difference by educating locals in caregiving. This course provides education to locals for a career in caregiving.

Because there is a national shortage in persons educated to provide such care, graduates will arm themselves with the knowledge that will provide them with job security for years to come.

On Saturday, March 24, Pat’s first class of personal care attendants graduated 14 students at the college’s Edwards location.

Some people in the class had experience in providing care for family members and the elderly, while others were educating themselves and preparing for a new career path.

According to AARP and U.S. Census data: More than 75 million baby boomers were born in the United States from 1946 to 1964.

The oldest members of that generation became eligible for Medicare last year. The entire generation will be 65 or older by 2029.

Every single day more than 10,000 baby boomers will reach the age of 65.

That is going to keep happening every day for the next 19 years.

If anyone looking for a career path wanted to get educated in a career with great growth and job security, a course like Pat’s is a great start.

All one needs is time and compassion. Congratulations to all those who graduated.

Judson Haims


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