Insuring Quality Long-Term Nursing Care
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The oldest members of the Baby Boom generation born between 1946 and 1964 will turn sixty-five in 2011. As the size of our senior population increases over the next few decades, so will their health care needs. In the early decades of this century, the proportion of elderly citizens in our total population is expected to steadily rise from the present level of approximately 12 percent to an estimated peak of 20 percent in 2030. The needs are great. Researchers, health care professionals, and interested citizens must find ways to care for the growing senior population in ways that meet the elders' needs and insure the quality of the nursing care received.