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Caring for an Aging America: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Older Adults

Brief
November 1, 2013

This brief answers several important questions about the future of eldercare in the U.S. The number of professionals entering the field of eldercare is insufficient to meet the increasing demand that will be felt as a result of the rising “silver tsunami.” The brief suggests several ways that readers can encourage Congress to support improved care quality for elders.

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Key Takeaways

We do not have enough professionals specializing in, or receiving training on, older adult care.
Interdisciplinary care teams and a well-trained eldercare workforce enable person-centered care in the community.
Congress should strengthen the eldercare workforce and improve quality of older adult care.
 
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