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Job Description for Program Director of Senior Adults Programs

by Gina Scott

Senior adult programs are available in many communities to provide services and activity opportunities for the elderly. Programs of this nature are organized in retirement homes, churches and within community centers. The mobility of the senior population varies widely so program directors must provide a selection of ventures and programming for the seniors who are in their care. Program directors typically have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, and sometimes a master's level education is required.

Provide Educational Opportunities

Senior adult program directors arrange educational opportunities for their clients. The types of classes vary widely from computer classes to age-related issues, such as how reverse mortgages work, and ways to decipher health insurance options and claims procedures. Senior program directors want to ensure that their clients' minds stay active as long as possible and this is one way to accomplish that goal. Classes are typically held at community centers or within retirement homes themselves when participants aren't able to get around easily.

Plan Recreational Activities

Senior directors are also involved in planning recreational adventures. Some senior citizens remain active and mobile into their twilight years and enjoy the interaction that comes with social activities. The senior adult program director may arrange regular hours for playing cards, plan movie nights or other types of socializing. They may plan weekend trips to sporting events or parks, or even cruises for their more active clients.

Ensure Clients' Health and Well-Being

The process of aging inevitably brings with it the necessity to pay more attention to health issues. The senior adult program director provides ways for the elderly population to receive proper screenings and medical advice. This could be accomplished by having a registered nurse regularly stop by the community center to allow seniors to ask questions privately. Program directors also personally watch out for the well-being of their clients and send up red flags to the right resources if someone seems troubled.

Administer Meal Services

It is common for senior citizens to have access to some kind of meal preparation as they continue to age. Senior program directors look out for their clients to make sure that they are eating regularly. Nutrition services could include delivering meals to area residents who are home-bound and regularly providing community meals. The program director is also involved in providing services to help seniors continue to make their own meals.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Gina Scott has been writing professionally since 2008. She has worked in real estate since 2004 and has expertise in pop culture and health-related topics. She has also self-published a book on how to overcome chronic health conditions. Scott holds a Master of Arts in higher-education administration from Ball State University.

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