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Who Will Care for CT Baby Boomers When They Need It?

CHART: AARP's Public Policy Institute says the smaller families of today's "Baby Boomer" generation mean a steady decline in the number of people available to assist the boomers as they age. Courtesy AARP.
CHART: AARP's Public Policy Institute says the smaller families of today's "Baby Boomer" generation mean a steady decline in the number of people available to assist the boomers as they age. Courtesy AARP.
August 28, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. - While many in the Baby Boom generation now are caring for aging parents as well as their own children, a new study finds that they may not have the same support when they reach old age.

A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute estimates that the number of family caregivers in Connecticut will decline by about half as the "Boomers" hit their 80s and beyond.

Jennifer Millea, communications director for AARP Connecticut, said the state is following the national trend by 2050 but also is starting out with an older population.

"In Connecticut, the ratio today is about six potential caregivers for every person over the age of 80," she said. "That ratio is going to plummet to about three."

Millea said both those who are growing older and policymakers need to think hard about the ramifications of this anticipated decline in "free care" delivered for the most part by family members.

Family caregivers provide a nearly $6 billion value to the state, she said, adding that future plans need to account for the fact that family sizes are shrinking while aging Baby Boomers' needs are not.

"Right now, two-thirds of Americans believe that they'll be able to rely on their families to meet their needs when they need long-term care," she said. "Unfortunately, what this report is showing is that, for the Baby Boom generation, that may not necessarily be the case."

Millea said this all points to a need for more education for consumers and more support for caregivers.

The report is online at aarp.org.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT