Growing demand for senior care
Adults age 65 and older are the fastest growing demographic nationally and in the Finger Lakes region. Nationally, the older adult population is expected to increase by 30 million people between 2010 and 2030; regionally the senior population is projected to grow 38 percent from 2007 to 2025, at which point one in five people living in the region will be 65 or older.
Shrinking pool of caretakers
At the same time, the ability of families to informally care for seniors is expected to decline due in part to smaller families, a higher percentage of women working outside the home and family members living far away. In our region, the ratio of family members available to care for aging parents is expected to decrease from 6.6 to 1 in 2007 to 5.6 to 1 in 2025.
To respond to the growing demand, the Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement brought together 40 clinical, public health and community experts. Their recommendations, released in July 2015, call for training more skilled caregivers, fostering better integration within medical, social and behavioral care teams and improving coordination of the complex medical needs of aging patients.