Looming Caregiver Shortage For Aging America

An aging America means more demand for caregivers who help care for the elderly, but a looming shortage could endanger that care. In the meantime, California stakeholders debate how that state should shape home care in the future.

Bloomberg: Boomers Face Caregive Shortage As U.S. Offers New Rules: Jobs
Carolyn Gay, a certified nursing assistant of 20 years, says she wants to inspire teens to become caregivers to the elderly. … Well-prepared helpers for seniors and disabled Americans soon could be harder (Smialek, 9/26).

California Healthline: How Should State Shape Care At Home?
We've all seen the demographic predictions: California's numerous baby boomers will swamp the health care industry with aging bodies -- almost all of them wanting to stay healthy, active and living at home. That last part -- living at home -- may become a recurring, resounding policy issue in the coming years. A new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggests California policymakers need to pay more attention to health care delivered in the home. … We asked legislators and stakeholders how California can best shape state policy regarding home health care givers to get ready for major changes ahead (9/26).

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