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Integration or specialization? Similarities and differences between Sweden and the United States in gerontology education and training
Samuel Merritt University, School of Nursing, Oakland, California, USA.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue).
2017 (English)In: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, ISSN 0270-1960, E-ISSN 1545-3847, Vol. 38, no 1, 47-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article examines the similarities and differences in the education and training of gerontologists and others who work with older people in Sweden and the United States. It outlines the aging trends in both countries and assesses the level of training for those who provide care in a variety of fields. Both countries are aging, but the programs for gerontological training are quite different in the two countries, reflecting underlying cultural values. Sweden’s education is generally more oriented toward the integration of some aging education in more disciplinary fields, such as nursing and social work and thus could benefit from more specialized, aging-specific courses. The United States is highly specialized, with multiple programs in various subfields of aging (e.g., geropsychology; aging services administration) and could benefit from integrating more aging knowledge into courses in other disciplines. The authors challenge professionals to consider if there is a basic but global curriculum and/or set of competencies in gerontology that could be agreed upon. As an increasingly global village, the ability to share and learn is more easily achievable. Sweden and the United States have much to learn from each other in terms of appropriately educating and training those who support our older people.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 38, no 1, 47-60 p.
Keyword [en]
cross-national comparison, gerontology curriculum, Sweden and the U.S., gerontological training, aging, cultural value, curriculum, gerontologist, gerontology, human, human experiment, nursing, social work, specialization, Sweden, United States
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34065DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2016.1232592ISI: 000399115900004PubMedID: 27648765ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84994092929Local ID: HHJSALVEISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34065DiVA: diva2:1048473
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2017-05-05Bibliographically approved

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