The United States is facing an immediate and growing crisis inproviding care for our aging population, which is projected to almostdouble from 37 million today to nearly 72 million by 2030. Health careproviders with the necessary training to give older Americans the bestpossible care, are in critically short supply.Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the Caring for An Aging America Act. This legislation attempts to address the growing nationwide shortage of health care professionals and direct-care workers needed to meet the health care needs of older adults.
Among other things, the law would establish a Geriatric and Gerontology Loan Repayment Program for physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, advance practice nurses, psychologists, and social workers who complete training in geriatrics or gerontology and agree to provide care for older adults, full-time, for at least two years.