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ERIC Number: ED264494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
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Seniors Population Boom Poses Major Challenges.
Blai, Boris, Jr.
During the last century the population over age 65 in America has increased fourfold. This dramatic increase requires careful economic and social planning and preparation by society, and consideration of specific programs and policies by Congress. Areas needing special consideration are: (1) employment and retirement; (2) allocatoin of health care resources; and (3) long-term care. In the employment and retirement field, policy makers must consider ways to keep older workers in the labor force without penalizing those who, because of health reasons, unemployment, or age discrimination must retire early. In regard to allocation of health care resources, the government must reconsider its present policy since the escalation of health care costs and rising senior population will tax the government's health care provisions as well as demand greater proportions of the elderly's income. In the third area, long-term care, institutional care will not be available for many individuals and so the most effective use of available facilities must be made and assistance must be given for family and community care. Other factors which must be taken into consideration by policy makers include the facts that in the future, seniors' life patterns will be different, there will be more elderly, and the elderly will be predominantly female and alone. (ABB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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