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The Aging Crisis is Here. Are You Ready to Be a First Responder?

Posted by Jason Vyhlidal , 8/20/2019 1:00 PM

It's one of the most striking demographic changes that has ever happened in the history of the United States: The so-called "greying of America." Even as baby boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—get older, the number of children being born in the United States is decreasing. Over the next twenty to thirty years, this will result in many more older people needing in-home care and fewer working-age people who will be available to care for them.

 

In addition: At the present time, many older Americans rely on family caregivers. However, high divorce rates and fewer children among baby boomers may reduce the availability of family caregivers in the future.

 

If this sounds to you like crisis ready to happen, you aren't alone. All over the developed world, from Japan to Europe to North America, experts are warning about the impact of the aging population. According to the Population Reference Bureau's Population Bulletin, "Aging in the United States,": The number of people ages 65 and older in the United States is projected to more than double from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060. Between 2020 and 2030 alone, the number of older persons is projected to increase by almost 18 million as the last of the large baby-boom cohorts reaches age 65. Although much smaller in total size, the number of people ages 85 and older is projected to more than triple from 6 million today to nearly 20 million by 2060. The number of centenarians, or people age 100 or older, has also increased from around 32,000 in 1980 to more than 53,000 by 2010. If life expectancy at older ages continues to rise in the United States, then the number of centenarians could increase to more than 600,000 by 2060."

 

Those working in, or considering working in, the home care industry need to understand the scope of the aging crisis in order to work toward solutions that will benefit seniors in the years to come. In-home caregivers will be essential to helping people stay in their homes longer, especially as the cost of care in assisted living and nursing homes rises and the number of available beds goes down.

 

If you are considering becoming a Home Instead Senior Care® franchise owner, you may be wondering: How does Home Instead Senior Care fit into this changing landscape? As the leading in-home care provider, Home Instead is leading the way in creating and implementing programs that will help people stay in their homes longer. From quality training programs for CAREGiversSM to new uses for technology in the home to innovative new programs that will connect family members to their senior loved ones in new and exciting ways, Home Instead is already a first responder and intends to remain a leader as this important industry evolves.

 

Don't miss your chance to play a key role in helping seniors stay in their homes longer. You can be one of the first responders—a hero who runs toward the problem, not away from it—and at the same time build a business that will support your family while serving the community at large.  

 

If you're interested in learning more about the Home Instead Senior Care network and independently owned and operated franchise opportunities in the home care industry, please give us a call at 888.702.5987 or email franinfo@homeinsteadinc.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise office is independently owned and operated.

 

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