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Who Will Care For Older Americans As They Age — And Who Will Pay For It?

The implications of caring for aging Americans continues to worry many as news outlets examine workforce and cost issues related to treating older Americans.

The Wall Street Journal's Total Return: Making Caregivers Part Of The Team
AARP has crunched some alarming numbers: The number of potential caregivers available for every person who is at least 80 years old is expected to plummet by 2030, as the older population outpaces the number of younger Americans. The ratio of people in the most common caregiving age group (45 to 64) to those most likely to need long-term care (80 and over) is expected to fall to 4 to 1 by 2030 -- compared with more than 7 to 1 in 2010, AARP says. By 2050, the ratio could drop to less than 3 to 1 (Greene, 9/3).

Fox News The Cost Of Long-Term Care 
Dealing with a sick parent is emotionally draining, but it can also be financially devastating for adult children making health-care decisions. Whether children choose to put a parent in a nursing home, hire in-home professionals or go it alone, there are host of financial and emotional factors to (Fuscaldo, 09/03).

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ABC News Top 5 Ways To Reduce A Hospital Bill
Families around the country are struggling to pay the price of healthcare. Nearly 2 million Americans are living in medical bankruptcy, and one in five adults has trouble affording medical care. While we don't often think of it, discounting the price of healthcare is nothing new. Almost every major participant in the health system routinely negotiates reduced payments rates (LaMontagne, 09/04).

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