300 Millions Seniors Excluded From Long-Term Care
Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 10:11 AM
According to a new report from the International Labour Organization, more than half of the world's population of adults over the age of 65, around 300 million, are unable to receive critical long-term care they need.
The reasons for the lack of coverage include a lack of social protection, ageism and a shortage of long-term care workers. The organization also estimated that only 5.6% of the world's population live in countries that provide universal long-term care coverage, with 48% living in a country without any long-term care legislation. An additional 46% are excluded by long-term care legislation, when it does exist, due to narrow regulation that serve benefits only for the extremely poor.
Globally, the long-term care workforce is lacking 13.6 million workers, with a majority of the care burden falling on unpaid and informal family caregivers. The lowest deficit of long-term care workers is in North and South America.
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