Why be a CSG?
Why is this important?
Population is Aging
• The U.S. older adult population is projected to double in size from 2010 to 2050, reaching approximately 80 million people. (U.S. Census Bureau)
• As of January 1, 2011, the oldest members of the Baby Boom generation celebrated their 65th birthday. In fact, on every day for the next 19 years, 10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65. (Pew Research Center)
Healthy People 2020
• Includes a new Topic Area (31) regarding Older Adults.
• Goal: Improve the health, function, and quality of life of older adults.
• Related Objective OA-7.6: Increase the number of registered dietitians with geriatric certification.
• As of February 2013, only 493 RDs/RDNs hold this certification.
• Older adults use many health care services, have complex conditions, and require professional expertise that meets their needs. Most providers receive some type of training on aging, but the percentage of those who actually specialize in this area is small. (Healthy People 2020).
• As more RDs/RDNs earn this certification, it will increase awareness that this is a specialty area of practice and the CSG is the proven expert.
• If you work with older adults in a clinical, community or research setting, you should be recognized for your expertise!