Workforce Impact of Emerging Technologies in Long Term Care

By 2030, people 65 and older are projected to account for 20% of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012); by 2017 over 70% of disposable income in the U.S. will be in the hands of those over 60 years old (World Economic Forum, 2015). Rapidly emerging technological advances hold great potential for people to navigate the social, cognitive and physical changes associated with aging (President's Council on Advisors on Science and Technology, 2016). Technological advances also have potential to substantially alter workforce needs to care for aging Americans and mitigate growth in workforce demand due to the aging population.

This report addresses how technological advances will affect the size, skills, and training needs of the workforce required to care for aging Americans and assesses whether and how these technologies may facilitate; replace; or enhance recruitment, training, and retention of the LTC workforce. Knowledge derived from this study will begin to bridge the gap between understanding how technology is changing healthcare vs. the health workforce.

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