There is a growing gap between the number of the elderly in need of personal care and available caregivers, according to a study released this month by the AARP.
As the study points out, the age group most likely in need of care, those 80 years and older, is growing, while the number of those considered to be in the "primary caregiver" age range of 45 to 64 remains "flat."
"As a result," the study reads, "the availability of potential family caregivers (mostly adult children) to arrange, coordinate, and provide LTSS (long-term services and supports) is expected to decline dramatically and overall care burdens will likely intensify especially as baby boomers move into late old age."
As the two charts below demonstrate, the overall ratio of caregiver to those in need of LTSS will see dramatic changes in the next 20 to 40 years in both the state of Utah, and the United States as a whole. As of right now, the ratio of caregiver to LTSS is roughly seven to one. By 2050, the ratio will likely sink to less than three to one.
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