News Summary: More seniors caring for each other

AGING WORKFORCE: Growing demand for senior services provided by nurses’ aides, home health aides and other such workers along with aging baby boomers has led to more employment for senior caregivers.

FILLING A NEED: Some of the change is driven by the overall aging of the population and the trend of people working later in life. But with high turnover and a constant need for more workers, home care agencies are willing to hire older people new to the field who have found a tough job market as they try to supplement their retirement income.

THE BAD NEWS: The jobs are among the fastest-growing positions in the U.S., but are also notoriously physically demanding, with low pay and high rates of injury. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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