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JSI Board Member Paul Osterman Examines Elder Care
September 5, 2017
JSI board member and MIT professor Paul Osterman has a new book, Who Will Care for Us? that explores long-term care and the long-term workforce in the United States.
The book notes that the number of elderly and disabled adults who require assistance with day-to-day activities is expected to double over the next 25 years. As a result, direct care workers such as home care aides and certified nursing assistants will become essential to many more families. Yet these workers tend to be low-paid, poorly trained, and disrespected. The book asks whether such a workforce is capable of--or willing to-- meet the needs of our aging population.
Paul Osterman's book, Who Will Care for Us? Long-Term Care and the Long-Term Workforce is published by Russell Sage Foundation.