Advancing a Well-Trained Workforce to Care For Us As We Age

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Aging Population

17.7 million people are a caregiver to an elder.

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The number of people reaching retirement will double in number by 2030, accounting for an increase from 12 percent of the U.S. population to almost 20 percent. To live with a measure of independence and dignity, these aging Baby Boomers will need a wide range of professional health and social service expertise, as well as home care and residential supports and services.

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Workforce Shortage

By 2029, all Baby Boomers will be at least 65.

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The combination of the aging of the Baby Boom population, an increase in life expectancy, and a decrease in the relative number of younger persons, will mean that older adults make up a much larger percentage of the U.S. population than ever before. The current health care workforce overall is not large enough to meet older patients’ needs.

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Workforce Compensation

Turnover rates are high for healthcare workers.

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Health care workers serving older adults, especially those in the direct-care workforce, have high rates of turnover. To meet these needs, financial incentives to increase the number of people who specialize in geriatrics, funding to attract knowledgeable faculty, and loan forgiveness and scholarships should be offered.

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How You Can Help

Advocate to Congress for quality elder care.

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To meet the needs of healthcare professionals, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance is calling for increased investments in training the geriatrics health professions, direct-care workforce, the consumer and informal and family caregivers. Contact your Representatives and Senators today to share the value of geriatrics workforce training and urge support for increased federal funding.

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"Love is an important part of the caregiving relationship, but love alone doesn't teach a caregiver how to transfer their mother from a wheelchair to the bed .... Evidence-based interventions for caregivers not only helps to improve outcomes for the older adult, but they also help to bring peace to the caregiver."

C. Grace Whiting