The 2030 Caregiving Crisis: A Heavy Burden for Boomer Children

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The U.S. lacks a long-term care system. The closest it has is Medicaid, a safety net program for the very poor. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 90% of older persons receiving help with activities of daily living (ADLs) in 2011 relied on some "informal" care, from family members and friends. About two thirds relied on only informal care. Family and friends collectively provided 75–80% of total care hours in non-institutional settings. Synthesizing the latest research, this book argues that we are underestimating the extent of caregiving need for baby boomers when they become the oldest old in 2030-2050. It also suggests we are overestimating boomer health and wealth. Disability levels will likely grow beyond expectations, through an increasing incidence and prevalence of dementia, mobility disorders, and general frailty, the result of increasing levels of obesity, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Correspondingly, the caregiving situation will get much worse. The tidal wave of boomer retirement is upon us along with the "birth dearth" that followed. Family caregivers, adult children in particular, face bleak prospects. Adult children of boomers will be dealing with work obligations, their children's college expenses, the effects of the recent recession, and ongoing economic stagnation. They will be hard-pressed to take on the extent of caregiving that will be needed by the huge boomer generation. This book makes the case for recruiting and training millions of additional personal care aides as boomers age into their 80s and face chronic illness and severe disability. The aides will be needed to assure safety and emotional well-being and to relieve overburdened family members. They should be deployed into private homes, senior residences, and even nursing homes to ensure quality person-centered care for up to 24/7. Medicare, or a new insurance program, should make such assistance universally available.

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In The 2030 Caregiving Crisis: A Heavy Burden for Boomer Children by author Henry Moss, the scary reality of the future of caregiving and family life facing many of today's families is looked at squarely in the eye. With the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement and soon the years in which they will need the most care, many seem to be turning a blind eye to the very real issues we are soon to face. There will be too many people needing care, not enough people to care for them, and not enough funding for the care that is available. Families will need to pick up the slack for their loved ones, and much of that responsibility will fall onto the shoulders of Boomer children. Coming at a time when many of those children will have children of their own in college, they are trying to recover from their own losses in the recent economic downturn, and they may have started to deal with their own medical issues as well - these added tasks and stressors will certainly not be easy.

I very much enjoyed author Henry Moss' new book. Besides giving a compelling argument to explain our country's upcoming issues in healthcare, he also gives a viable and realistic plan to help our country to deal with these same issues. Espousing a plan in which a veritable army of personal care workers would be trained to care for our newly aged society, The 2030 Caregiving Crisis could certainly serve as a guide for best practices in long term care in our very new future. This book should be read by any family who has an aging member and anyone who cares about the future of our country and citizens. I certainly hope that author Henry Moss will continue with his useful and important work in this area; his voice is one of reason and sense and provides a good solution to an emerging potential crisis.

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