Workers Needed for Aging Services
September 12, 2019
September is National Workforce Development Month and I am passionate about the people that work in aging services and provide care for the older adults in our community. In my position at Lake Prince Woods, I am concerned about the shortage of workers for aging services and I am asking Congress to do their part to help us develop a workforce to care for our family members.
The US has a significant shortage of qualified workers who are capable of managing, supervising and providing high-quality services and supports for older adults. The population of adults age 65 and older will increase from nearly 50 million in 2015 to 88 million in 2050 – an 84% increase. Our nation will need 2.5 million workers of all different types by 2030 to keep up with the growth of America’s aging population.
I am asking Congress to take action and ensure that there are sufficient numbers of staff available and working at all levels of aging services. Congress should increase the ability of aging services providers like me to recruit and retain quality staff and work to strengthen the pipeline of individuals who are motivated to care for our family members in our community.
Take a moment and call your legislator’s office and tell them you are a constituent and you support National Workforce Development Month and urge Congress to create programs that will help recruit new worker’s for aging services.
Lake Prince Woods is a residential retirement community offering an array of lifestyle choices. Located in Suffolk, Virginia, the community is nestled among 172 lovely wooded acres bordering Lake Prince. As a continuing care retirement community, Lake Prince Woods offers residential living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. To learn more, visit the website: www.lakeprincewoods.org