Coalition Releases Older Americans Month Resources for Journalists and Stakeholders
May 1, 2014
Washington, DC - In celebration of Older Americans Month 2014, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) is delighted to release the new Eldercare Workforce Alliance Older Americans Month Toolkit. The Alliance designed this toolkit to help journalists and other stakeholders more easily identify publications, programs, and personal stories from EWA member organizations that focus on the health and safety of older Americans.
“This toolkit can serve to raise awareness of the need for a well-trained and supported workforce so that older adults can live as independently, safely, and healthy as possible,” said Michèle Saunders, DMD, MS, MPH, past-president of the Gerontological Society of America and co-convener of EWA. “Much of what we are facing is due to a lack of recognition that older adults have distinct health care needs.”
Approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day. By 2029, all Boomers will be at least 65. This group, totaling an estimated 70 million people, will have a significant impact on the U.S. health care system. By 2030, older adults will make up 20 percent of the American population – a big jump from today’s 13 percent.
“With this one-stop access point to the resources of multiple member organizations as well as the contact information for each member organization’s media liaison, we hope the importance of the eldercare workforce will be highlighted during Older Americans Month,” said Alliance co-convener and American Geriatrics Society chief operating officer Nancy Lundebjerg. “If we are going to meet the needs of older adults and their family caregivers, we must invest now in a well-trained and supported workforce and programs that support family caregivers.”
###The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is comprised of 30 national organizations united in their commitment to address the eldercare workforce shortage in order to ensure that older adults receive quality care in the settings of their choice.The positions of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance reflect a consensus of 75 percent or more of its members. These statements reflect the consensus of the Alliance and do not necessarily represent the position of individual Alliance member organizations.