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      Job growth tied to aging population

      Jobs in the in-home health care field appears to be growing thanks to an aging population.

      "By 2020, the ranks of home health and personal care aides will have grown by more than 1.3 million. That's a 70 percent increase," says Richard Basch, President of SYNERGY HomeCare. "The in-home care industry is helping to tackle the employment challenges facing local communities and the country right now. We provide a significant number of rewarding jobs, while at the same time improving the quality of life for seniors."

      According to state provided by Synergy, in-home care job growth is{}tied to the explosion of elderly baby boomers who want to age in their own homes rather than go to nursing homes or assisted care facilities.{}

      • As of January 1, 2011, each day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65.
      • 89 percent of baby boomers say they want to age at home
      • The average 65-year-old today can expect to live another 20.4 years.{}
      • 85 percent of persons 65 years of age and over will require some form of care giving assistance within their lifetime.{}

      These figures will rise significantly as our population continues to "age up" appreciably over the next decade.