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New Survey from National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Offers a Roadmap to Protect Growing Number of Seniors in Assisted Living Facilities
Date:9/8/2013

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) September 09, 2013

On the heels of a PBS Frontline 4-part investigative series which identified serious quality and patient safety problems in some assisted living facilities, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) released the results of a survey that offers critical advice to protect the growing number of seniors living in assisting living facilities.

"Too often families don't have the information they need to protect their loved ones residing in assisted living facilities," said Jullie Gray, NAPGCM President.

Nationwide, there are about 735,000 older Americans who reside in assisted living facilities. The typical resident is a woman about 87 years-old who is mobile, but needs assistance with approximately two to three activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and toileting. The number of Americans turning to assisted living is likely to grow.

Also, a new report by AARP, issued last week, predicts a sharp decline in the number of family caregivers available to help aging Baby Boomers, found that the number of Americans available to help care for their older family members will decline by nearly 50 percent in the coming decades as Baby Boomers get older. This decline in family caregivers will likely result in many more seniors moving into assisted living facilities.

New data from the National Investment Center (NIC) also points to a jump in assisted living. The NIC data reveals a major increase in the
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