An Aging U.S. Population and the Health Care Workforce: Factors Affecting the Need for Geriatric Care Workers


Susan A. Chapman, Marina Dronsky, Robert J. Newcomer, Charlene Harrington, Kevin Grumbach

Feb 2006

As the U.S. experiences a rapid aging of the nation's population, with the number of Americans age 65 and over doubling between 2000 and 2030, the demand for long-term care will rise significantly. The nation faces critical shortages in the health care workforce, particularly among direct caregivers: nurses, nursing assistants and home care workers.