AARP predicts caregiver shortage

Published Aug 30, 2013 at 05:00AM

The AARP Public Policy Institute predicts the country will go through a devastating caregiver shortage when baby boomers enter their 80s and may start needing help performing their basic activities of daily life.

According to the policy’s report, the country’s caregiver support ratio is expected to fall from its current level of 7.2 potential caregivers for every one potential care recipient to 4.2 caregivers for every care recipient in 2030 and 2.9 caregivers for every care recipient in 2050. The report defines a potential caregiver as any person between the ages of 45 and 64 and a potential care recipient as any one who is 80 or older.

According to the report, Oregon is expected to see a similar decline as the state’s caregiver ratio is expected to fall from its current level, 6.9 caregivers for every care recipient, to 3.9 caregivers for every care recipient in 2030 and 2.8 caregivers for every care recipient in 2050.

— From staff reports