Growing number of seniors caring for other seniors

by Matt Sedensky
In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo, Paul Gregoline rests in his favorite chair as caregiver Warren Manchess leaves the room, in Noblesville Ind. Burgeoning demand for senior services like home health aides is being met by a surprising segment of the workforce: Other seniors. Twenty-nine percent of so-called direct-care workers are projected to be 55 or older by 2018 and in some segments of that population older workers are the single largest age demographic. With high rates of turnover, home care agencies have shown a willingness to hire older people new to the field who have found a tough job market as they try to supplement their retirement income.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Burgeoning demand for senior services like home health aides is being met by a surprising segment of the workforce: Other seniors.

Twenty-nine percent of so-called direct-care workers are projected to be 55 or older by 2018. And in some segments of that population, older workers are the single largest age demographic.

Though the jobs are among the fastest-growing in the U.S., they may seem a curious choice for for their physical demands, low pay and high rates of injury.

But with high rates of turnover, home care agencies have shown a willingness to hire new to the field who have found a tough job market as they try to supplement their retirement income.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Some employers see perks of hiring older workers

Sep 13, 2013

Older people searching for jobs face stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But with many aging baby boomers staying in the workforce longer, some employers ...

Long-term care workers struggle with elderly population boom

Aug 12, 2008

As America's aging population increases, so does its need for long-term care. And the workers who provide these services often lack the support they need — particularly in the area of pay and work relationships, according ...

Recommended for you

Initiative to emphasize concussions are treatable

44 minutes ago

At a time when the national concussion conversation instills fear and uncertainty among parents and athletes at all levels, the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is working to change the current discussion where two ...

England's NHS appeals for more government funds

1 hour ago

Leaders of England's state-funded National Health Service (NHS) warned on Thursday that billions of pounds in extra funds were needed to maintain patient care, laying down the gauntlet to politicians ahead of May's general ...

Lose the weight, not the potatoes

1 hour ago

A new study demonstrates that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight." Potatoes, Glycemic Index, and Weight Loss in Free-Living Individuals: Practical Implications" is now available through free access from the Journal of ...

Team-based approach can improve hypertension control

2 hours ago

(HealthDay)—A team-based approach using evidence-based principles can be incorporated into practice workflow to improve hypertension control, according to a practice story published by the American Medical ...

User comments