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The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap: A Look at Future Declines in the Availability of Family Caregivers

January 1, 2013

This report highlights the fact that the number of available family caregivers is unlikely to keep pace with increasing demand for care as the baby boomer generation continues to age into the retirement years.

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Key Takeaways

Most long-term care is provided by family members, but the supply of caregivers is unlikely to meet future demand.
In 2010, the caregiver-support ratio was more than seven potential caregivers for every person age 80 or greater.
By 2030, the ratio is projected to decline to four to one, and expected to be less than three to one by 2050.

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