Care Gap Looms Large for Aging Baby Boomers

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Reuters, Money – July 2012

As so often happens, a fall changed it all for Wendy Greeley’s 95-year-old mother, Edith Blodgett.

In 2011, Blodgett suffered a head injury that left her unsteady on her feet and her dementia more pronounced. The independent living community where she lived told her she was too sick to return on her own, even though she didn’t want to move.

Call it the care gap: that space between needing basic household help and full nursing care. The issue looms large because nearly three in four Americans over age 65 will require some form of long-term care during their lives, according to the National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information. And as many as 12 percent of nursing home residents are considered “low need” who could live in the community if they had the right support at home, according to the journal Health Affairs.


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