Caregivers for seniors are needed. While 10,000 seniors turn age 65 every day, this is not the only reason more professional senior caregivers are need for part-time and full-time job openings. Social demographics have changed in the U.S.A. and couples are having children later in life and pursuing activities and careers which allow them to relocate from the town where they grew up.
Seniors are living longer. A child born in the U.S.A. today can plan to live to age 100. This also means many people will choose to relocate when they reach retirement age. When our lifespan was just 75 years old (when Medicare was created 50 years ago, the age of 65 was chosen because most people would only live another 10 years). Now that we have another 35 years to live after we retire, seniors are moving to new locations to enjoy their retirement years.
Caregivers are needed part-time when a senior may be recovering from a major surgery or rehabilitating from a hip replacement or a fall. Sadly, Alzheimer's disease has become a growing diagnosis and will continue to grow as the population of older Americans grows.
Another reason more caregivers are needed can be understood by reviewing just the care needs for those seniors with Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's Disease in the U.S.A.
- 1 in 9 Americans age 65 and older (11%) has Alzheimer's disease
- About 1/3rd of people age 85 and older (32%) have Alzheimer's disease
- 81% of people who have Alzheimer's disease are age 75 or older
Remember, our former President Reagan needed caregiving services for 10 years while living with Alzheimer's disease.
Caregiverlist advocates for quality senior care with caregiver training tools (online) and an interactive caregiver hiring platform for senior care companies.
Senior caregivers or anyone with a caring personality who would like to become a senior caregiver may apply for a caregiving job on Caregiverlist's Career Center and be considered for part-time and full-time caregiver jobs and C.N.A. jobs in their area. If you know someone who would enjoy working as a caregiver, you may refer them to Caregiverlist's Refer-a-Friend program and be entered to win free caregiver training.
Retirees who are looking for a part-time income along with doing work that can be very fulfilling, can also apply for a senior caregiving job as a companion caregiver. Read about the caregiver job description
and think about people who may be a good fit as all senior care companies are constantly seeking trustworthy individuals to train and hire as caregivers. These caregivers do not do hands-on care assistance (such as assisting with bathing, toileting, dressing, and assisting bed-ridden patients). Instead, they are companions for seniors who may be experiencing memory loss or loneliness. These caregivers keep the senior's day on track and sometimes escort them to appointments and activities.
The labor department has targeted senior care as the top industry for employment growth in the next decade and when you see all of the different senior care options, this prediction makes sense.