Aging and Long Term Care ( 3 Hours) > Chapter 1 - Introduction

Aging and Long Term Care

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW


This course is recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
This program is Approved by the the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) (Approval #886463870-6294) for 3 Social Work continuing education contact hours.
This program is approved for 3 continuing education hours by: 
The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
The National Association of Social Workers # 886463870-6294
The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000
Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists # 628
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors #1646
The Texas Board of Social Worker Examiners # 5547
The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) # 6412


After taking this course the professional healthcare provider will be able to:

Assess and treat the biopsychosocial issues confronting the aged.
Cite the current trends of aging in the United States.
Describe the issues facing caregivers.
Identify options for long-term care.

I. Introduction

The years 1946 to 1964 in the United States saw a great increase in the birth rate known as the baby boom. This group of baby boomers begins turning 65 in 2011 greatly increasing the number of "older people" living in the United States. As the population of the aged increases, the demand for services, and for those who can provide those services, also increases. By the year 2030 it is estimated that the older population (65 ) will nearly double from 2004 to 71.5 million and the 85 population is projected to increase to 9.6 million in the same time period. (AOA, 2005)
In July of 2004 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the following age populations:

Age Population
60 48,883,408
65 36,293,985
85 4,859,631

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, July 1, 2004 estimates (AOA, 2005)

The U.S. Census Bureau has made the following estimates of population growth in older Americans:

Age 2010 2020 2030 2040 2050
65 40 Million 55 Million 71.5 Million 80 Million 85 Million
85 5 Million 9 Million 9.6 Million 16 Million 20 Million

This growth is illustrated in the following chart: from the U.S. Census Bureau through 2050 (AOA, 2005):

This course provides an introduction to the biopsychosocial issues facing the aged. It includes the exploration of different long-term care options with the aged and their loved ones. Many of these issues have a common theme of loss, including loss of relationships as a result of death, loss of physical abilities, mental capacity and functioning, independence, and the loss of productive or meaningful activities. Roles that have defined them for most of their lives, such as a career, no longer exist. Many work their whole adult lives looking forward to retirement, only to find that when they get there, it is not the panacea they thought it would be. There are however, positive aspects of aging. Many elderly enjoy retirement, redefining roles that they can more independently define, and have the flexibility to spend more time on activities that they enjoy. This can include spending more time with family, traveling, physical exercise and joining clubs and service organizations. It is important to have an awareness of both the challenges and concerns of those that are aging, but also their strengths, potential and opportunities for a life that still maintains a level of vitality.

Another concern when treating the elderly is that they are a very vulnerable demographic to physical violence, neglect, fraud and other types of abuses. This course will discuss these issues also, so that the provider will know the symptoms and risks associated with the abuse of the elderly.


Question No.7. According to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau the population of those 65 and above in the year 2030 will be:

a. 30 million
b. 71.5 million
c. 100.5 million
d. 65 million
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