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Care Gap: US Facing Shortage of Direct Care Workers

October 15, 2012

Between 2010 and 2050, the number of US elders over age 65 will increase by 128% while women aged 25 to 44–the traditional source for direct care workers–will increase by only 20%. By 2050, the elder population is expected to more than double, from about 40 million to 88 million, with those in the oldest cohort (85 and older) growing from about 5 million to 19 million.

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