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September 13, 2006

Albany -- An area technical college has a new program to help South Georgia hospitals and nursing homes treat senior citizens.

Health workers specially-trained to deal with the elderly are in great demand, and the need for them is expected to skyrocket in coming years. That's why Albany Technical College started a gerontology program.

 The 15 month program will offer an associate degree. Students will learn all aspects of the care and treatment of the elderly.

The program starts in October, and Stephanie Powers has already signed up. She says not only will she be in high demand by employers, she will do something she enjoys. Powers said "I love working with elderly people, and that's my way of giving back to the community and helping someone."

 Albany Tech will be one two colleges offering gerontology in Southwest Georgia. Southwest Georgia Technical College is the other.

Local hospitals and nursing homes are helping design the program.

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