NY Times: Minorities Are Forced Into Nursing Homes at Greater Rates

Karen D. Lincoln

Karen D. Lincoln is an associate professor in the University of Southern California School of Social Work and the director of the university’s Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work.

Over 10 million Americans now require long-term care annually and Medicaid is the primary source of coverage. Medicaid spending on long-term care services has been rising sharply.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the United States is in a long-term care crisis.

Those without assets cannot get care at home. Low-income seniors are often enrolled in lower-quality nursing facilities.

Growing racial and ethnic diversity adds another level of complexity to this crisis. By 2050, the number of African-Americans age 65 and older will more than triple, and the number of older Latinos will increase 11-fold. Consequently, the number of multiple, complex chronic conditions, rates of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and social and health care needs will also increase.

Between 1999 and 2008, the number of whites in nursing homes had decreased by 10 percent, while the number of African-Americans increased by 11 percent and the number of Latinos by 55 percent.

Continue reading here: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/09/25/finding-humane-care-at-the-end-of-life/minorities-are-forced-into-nursing-homes-at-greater-rates

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