In 2013, there were roughly 44.7 million senior adults in the United States. It is expected that by 2030, the senior adult population will swell to about 72 million. This large group of elderly Americans is the result of longer life expectancy due to medical advancements and the post-World War II baby boom. With this increase in a vulnerable, aging population, the need for elder care and elder care managers will be unprecedented.
Elder care managers in demand
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a quarter of all Americans and two of three older American have multiple chronic conditions. As the population continues to age, the need for caregivers and long-term care will increase sharply. This will create an increased demand for elder care managers and geriatric care management as society attempts to meet the complex needs of its aging population.
Managers will be needed to organize and manage healthcare organizations targeted to the needs of the senior population. The area of geriatric care management will continue to expand and special focus on the financial aspect of caring for such a large population will be required. Elder care managers will be required to navigate the complex and delicate nature of long-term care.
Positive job outlook for elder care managers
The future job outlook for elder care managers is excellent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the area of healthcare management is expected to grow at a rate of 23 percent, which is much higher than the average for all occupations. This is directly attributed to the continued aging population and the specific need for elder care managers to care for the baby boomer population.
The opportunities for employment in this rewarding field are numerous as the demand for properly trained personnel continues to grow. For this reason, there have never been more opportunities for elder care managers.
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