Challenges caring for the elderly will

Currently, 24 percent of the U.S. population is 65 years or older. By 2030, the first wave of boomers will turn 85. That’s just the first wave, with millions more to follow. Who will care for those boomers, and how will their care be paid for without wearing out family caregivers? How can we attract more people to work in the industry? And how can do we all that without totally draining Medicaid and bankrupting the nation?

Jackie Crosby, also a reporter at the Star Tribune, is currently writing a series of columns on elder care and the burden it places on family caregivers.

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Planners fall short in aged care provision

Despite financial planners saying for years that they were planning to increase their provision of aged care advice, they are still falling short in their offerings, according to Investment Trends

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Appalachian offers updated and renamed graduate certificate in aging, health and society

Appalachian State University’s former gerontology graduate certificate has a new name — the graduate certificate in aging, health and society. The re-designed program prepares students for careers requiring graduate-level knowledge and skills relating to aging populations and their health in contemporary society.

The program, which is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Sociology, gives participants the opportunity to enhance the rapidly growing older adult population’s quality of life by helping them access the programs, services, health care and housing options they need.

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"Age in Place" is guide to adapting homes for aging parents

During her work as an occupational therapist, Lynda Shrager often sees senior citizens and their families in crisis. She's called to help an elderly person recover after a fall, surgery or a stroke and witnesses her patients' families hustling to make the home a safe place for a person with limited mobility or strength.

In these homes, Shrager also sees many low-cost adaptations that can be done to make it possible for someone to stay in their home as they age — but it's better if it's done before a crisis.

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