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Elder Care

The number of Americans over the age of 60 is growing more rapidly than ever before. Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are approaching retirement age. By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65+. Today in Davidson County, Tennessee, 45% of employees over age 45 have some direct care giving responsibility for a loved one.

More and more adult children find themselves as the primary caregivers for their aging parents. It is estimated that today’s family members are responsible for 80% of the elder care provided in the United States.

Navigating the types of services and programs available can be daunting, especially if the adult child is trying to arrange elder care in another city. The vast majority of aging Americans want to age in place by being in their own homes or at least in their own communities. Providing services that will support these decisions can be challenging for families and for communities.

The Vanderbilt Family Center offers information concerning various elder care options. It also provides links to helpful publications that may assist members of the Vanderbilt community in caring for their aging parent, spouse, or another family member.

Additional information:

Maturing of America

American Psychological Association’s Article: Sandwich Generation Moms Feeling the Squeeze

American Psychological Association’s Article: Elder Care-More Than “Parenting” a Parent

Keywords: Eldercare, Boomers, Aging