Baby Boomers are particularly effected. Boomer women had fewer children than the generations before them and some have opted out of having children at all. The Senate Aging Committee is looking at a novel solution to the looming problem. Senator Bob Casey is drafting a plan to form a National Caregiver Corps.
This is from the Committee:
"Volunteers who participate in the program would receive specific guidelines and structure from the Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide assistance to families by "cleaning, preparing food or even shopping for people who want to remain at home" as they age, as well as respite care for existing family caregivers. The proposal also includes providing volunteers with a stipend, tuition credit or even academic credits."
What do you think? Is a Caregiver Corps a good idea? Leave a comment below and let me know your opinion. As always, I will share them with our elected officials.
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