weekly blog--one for the ages
More than 65,000 paid, regulated service providers cared for 8 million Americans in 2016, according to the most recent federal report. In addition, AARP estimates more than 50 million people provide unpaid care, generally to family members.
As baby boomers age, 10,000 people a day pass their 65th birthday. The Census Bureau estimates that more than 94.6 million people will be 65 or older in 2060.
From January to June 2018, the percentage of older adults age 85 and over needing help with personal care was more than twice the percentage for adults ages 75-84 and five times the percentage for adults ages 65-74.
From 2004 to 2020, the cost for facility and in-home care services has risen, on average, between 1.88% and 3.8% each year.
56 percent of Americans who turn age 65 will develop at some point a disability serious enough to require long-term care services, although most will need it for less than three years.
Caring for an Aging Nation | Kaiser Health News (khn.org)