With seniors living longer, family caregivers are becoming harder to find. According to AARP, about 40 million family caregivers provide unpaid care to an adult with limitations on daily activities. As discussed in a Wall Street Journal article titled “Family Caregivers Become More Crucial as Elderly Population Grows”, demographic changes are making caregiving a concern for lawmakers as the percentage of the US population age 65 and over reaches 15%.
The baby boomer generation is much larger than the one following it, meaning that a shrinking number of family caregivers will have to do even more in order for seniors to stay at home. The lack of caregiver supply has caused concern with lawmakers; the senate has passed a bipartisan bill requiring the government to develop a “national family caregiving strategy” and another bill introduced in Congress in March would give a tax credit for eligible family caregivers. While neither of these proposed bills would solve the problem, it is clear that reforms are needed in order to care for our aging population.