Baby Boomer Generation Research Paper

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Home Health Care and the Aging Baby Boomer Generation
“A so-called silver tsunami is headed toward U.S. health care and the country is ill-prepared to deal with the fallout.”(Mitchell 34) The silver tsunami that Dr. Mitchell refers to is the baby boomer generation. As the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age, there will be a significant increase in the need for home health care. With increased health care awareness, this generation’s longevity will surpass any previous generations. Home health care needs will increase, which will cause the home health care industry to grow in order to meet the demands. To meet this increased demand there will need to be increases in the medical work force.
The baby boomers are the product of a post-World
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Baby boomers were born of an era of relief after many years struggle. This new generation did not produce the large families of the past. With the children born in the 50’s to the 70’s a new American ideal was born. People were more involved with their personal lives this resulted in smaller families. This in turn has caused the millennial and ‘genX’ generations who followed the baby boomers to become smaller; as you can see in Figure 4 from the United States Census Bureau. Baby boomers will not have the large work force that is available today to work in their medical future. The needs of the many baby boomers will create many job opportunities in the home health care field of the future. Education and funding will be at a premium, with this volume of medical …show more content…
As our population grows, so do the boundaries. With more people living in rural parts of the United States, lengthy, or recurrent hospital stays, are a challenge for today’s families. Home health care can meet those needs. But the available work force will not be able to meets those demands without a push for more education, higher pay and increased benefits. Previously an elderly person would need to stay in the hospital for necessary treatments because traveling to and from their homes was too much of a hardship. With home health and the right medical professionals your treatments can come to your home. With the coming group of aged Americans there is also the lack of enough home health care professionals (Craig 37). Increased home health care needs causes an increased need for educated people to work in the home health care field. Education for medical professionals is at high level, and will continue to grow as the baby boomers start to retire. The medical field will continue to be one of the most sought after employment opportunities. Increased awareness of the silver tsunami with students in high school would be an excellent place to start (Mitchell 34). For young people today just knowing where to start and how to get there is half the battle. Many high school students still come from families without degrees. It is hard for a parent to help your children make wise decisions when it comes to an advanced degree. Educational

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