As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the need for properly established care services becomes increasingly important. Baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are the second-largest generation in United States history, with an estimated 76 million individuals. As they continue to grow older, it has become more urgent than ever to begin considering how we will provide care for this generation.
Baby boomers are living longer than previous generations, which is a testament to our technological and medical advances. But because of this, there are inevitably going to be more individuals that require care services for a longer period of time. In fact, studies have shown that at least 6.4 million people age 65 or older and 50% of people over age 85 require long-term care. In addition to this, the baby boomer generation has had fewer children than previous generations, which means that there are fewer family members available to provide care. This further exacerbates an already growing concern for baby boomers.