Aging services are an essential part of the nation’s infrastructure. There are 52 million people over age 65, a population that is expected to double by 2040. RIght now, we don’t have the infrastructure for aging services that we need—and the systems we do have are crumbling. The COVID-19 pandemic made clear the tragic human consequences that can happen when our systems are weak.
It is no longer acceptable that our health care system largely ignores a set of services that half of older adults need or will need in our country.
ACT NOW by contacting your U.S. Representative and Senators and urge them to invest in our aging services infrastructure.
LeadingAge’s Blueprint for a Better Aging Infrastructure is a set of recommendations that address the economic, social, and racial inequities older Americans face by:
- Expanding access to long-term care at home and in our communities.
- Increasing affordable housing for older adults
- Investing in the physical and technological infrastructure of aging services—including high-speed broadband access.
The blueprint, which LeadingAge has shared with Congress, also addresses the fundamental need to better support and grow our aging services workforce. Build awareness and support for these recommendations by asking Congress to invest in these vital programs today.