The U.S. Census Bureau projects that in 2030, the population of people 65 and older will be twice the size it was in 2000, increasing from 35 million to 72 million.
So, it’s only natural that services are lining up to help care for this influx of senior citizens.
“There has been a tremendous growth in the world of elder care and support based on the explosion of individuals turning 65,” says Jeffrey Pine, president of the Aging Life Care Association .
The Aging Life Care Association has grown steadily since 2000, with about 300 new professionals joining each year.
These professionals, often called geriatric care managers, guide families through the process of planning and monitoring ongoing health needs.
For instance, they might help select the right housing situation, line up home care services, manage doctor appointments, schedule social activities, and explain legal and financial issues.
While getting a geriatric care manager can have strong advantages, you’ll want to find someone who is qualified for your particular situation. Here, experts offer guidelines for hiring one.