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Immigration and the Elderly: Foreign-Born Workers in Long-Term Care

Published: Aug 30, 2007 By: Walter N. Leutz, Ph.D Source: My Source

"Aging populations and the growing need to provide long-term care to the elderly are among the leading demographic, political, and social challenges facing industrialized countries like the United States. By 2030, the number of older people in the United States is likely to reach 72 million—or nearly one out of every five people.

The aging of larger numbers of Americans will require significant increases in financial and human resources for healthcare support and other social services. As a result, immigrants will continue to play a significant role in the growth of the U.S. labor force in general and the direct-care workforce in particular.

It is in the best interests of long-term care clients, providers, and workers if governments and private donors foster training and placement programs rather than leaving the future of the direct-care industry to chance. "

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