May 30, 2018, Susan Hildebrandt, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Last week's announcement of The Geriatrics Workforce Improvement Act (S.2888) introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and aimed at tackling workforce training, clinical staffing, and support services for older adults across the US, is welcome news.
I felt heartened to hear Sen. Collins and other lawmakers speak of the eldercare issues faced by their constituencies at the May 22 Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions bipartisan hearing on the healthcare workforce. Their words confirmed what providers, and many others, know all too well: America faces a crisis.
Our population is aging, and the number of workers required to meet the needs of older adults now and in the future simply does not exist. As Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) chairman of the HELP Committee, said at the hearing, “By 2030, our total population is expected to increase more than 10 percent and the percentage of people over 65 is expected to increase 50 percent compared to today.”
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