The population of Washington is aging. By 2030, nearly 20% of Washington residents will be age 65 and older; in rural communities nearly 30%. Are we prepared to meet the health care needs of our aging population?
The William D. Ruckelshaus Center and the University of Washington Health Policy Center partnered on baseline research to examine this question and others. They inquired about types of health care providers for older adults in Washington; current and anticipated supply-and-demand for this workforce; and policy approaches to address capacity gaps. This fact sheet offers a summary of the research findings, with an overview of expected supply and demand for eldercare workers and a broadly inclusive breakdown of the formal and informal caregivers who comprise this workforce. A companion fact sheet, Aging in Place: A Policy Approach for Aging Well offers an overview of key policy concerns regarding older adults' access to eldercare services, and a community-based approach for supporting both eldercare service providers and the adults who receive their services.
Health and Wellness
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