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It is no secret that there is a growing number of senior citizens in the U.S. Thanks to the generation of baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964, America’s older population is already being remade.  Statistics on this shifting demographic claim that the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to more than double from the current 46 million to over 98 million by 2060. In Racine County, data from the U.S. Census Bureau reflects these claims, as the average age of people living here is also growing older (39.5 in 2014). Knowing these statistics, it is essential for Racine County in order to be aware of the needs of this demographic, which generally means a need for more retirement and assisted living communities. While there are a number of assisted living facilities in the area, the field of long-term care is ever evolving and should be carefully considered by policymakers. Most recently, a national study in long-term care provided information that exhibits the current state and future projections for assisted living in the U.S. With this information, Racine County and the state of Wisconsin at large can assume its role to care for the needs of its growing population of aging residents. The Changes in Residential Care The national study, known as the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), was proposed by the Center for Disease Control in an effort to better understand the needs of America’s elderly population and the current state of care facilities. The study examined both services and residents of home health agencies, hospices, nursing homes, residential care communities, and adult day care centers. By considering the offerings in social work, skilled nursing, pharmacy services, dementia care, and mental health services, the study provided the industry with an idea of the services’ uses and expectations across the country. The NSLTCP gave evidence to the fact that nursing homes continue to be the main form of long-term care in the U.S. On average, nursing homes serve 88 residents per day, compared to other residential care communities that serve an average of 28 seniors per day. The study also reports that home-based and community-based care is increasing faster than ever before—even faster than nursing home care. What The Study Means for Racine County For Racine County, this study mostly reflects the fact that better-equipped care facilities for seniors is an issue that will take precedence for policymakers in future years for the sake of all Wisconsin citizens. In general, states in the Midwest have the lowest amount of adult day care services in the entire country. This means that Racine Country should likely improve upon these statistics and provide more available day care services to seniors. If you or a loved one is a senior citizen looking for long-term care, you may wish to consult the Racine County assisted living facility directories. This way, you can examine the county offerings and determine the various locations, types of care, and offerings at each facility. Thanks to NSLTCP, residents in Racine County can rest assured that the need for long-term care in the U.S. is understood and implemented by the local services. Editor’s note: This is a sponsored story by Seniorsinhealth.com.  

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.