Continuing Education Needs of Gerontological Nurses in Idaho

Publication Date


Type of Culminating Activity


Degree Title

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction


Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies

Major Advisor

Thel Pearson


Judith Murray


Denice Goodrich Liley


The growth of the elderly population in the United States and the subsequent need for health services have important implications for nursing educators and health providers. Well documented statistics show that as the "baby boomers" (persons born between 1946 and 1964) enter their elderly years between 2010 and 2030, the number of elderly will grow by an average of 2.8 percent annually. According to the Census Bureau's May 1995 projections, the elderly population (persons over age 65) will more than double between now and the year 2050, to 80 million. The "oldest old" - those aged 85 and over - and the most rapidly growing elderly age group will number 19 million in 2050, making them 24 percent of elderly Americans and 5 percent of all Americans (U.S. Census Bureau, 1995).

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