Online Buzz: The Caregiver Shortage Is Looming
Today's baby boomers help care for their aging parents, but who will be available in the future to help the boomers when they need care?
A report by the AARP Public Policy Institute presents a sobering reality: As the population of people over age 80 increases in the next 20 years, the number of family caregivers decreases drastically. In 2010, the average person age 80 or older had roughly seven people who could offer care assistance, but by 2030 this caregiver support ratio is projected to drop to 4 to 1, and by 2050, to 3 to 1.
The impending shortage of family caregivers also is magnified by children of the boomer generation having children later in life, which can strain their ability to offer caregiving support to parents. More young people today also are growing up and moving away from their parents' community. Plus, women as traditional caregivers are increasingly establishing busy careers and have limited time to help their elders.
With the likelihood of shrinking care support from family and friends, what can you do now to prepare? Learn more in the Right at Home blog, where you will always find the latest information about caregiving and home care.
To read more about the AARP study and to learn about solutions for the caregiver crunch, see "The Looming Shortage of Family Caregivers" in the October 2013 issue of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter.