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Forum Connects the Dots on Long-term Care Programs

By Cynthia McCormick
Cape Cod Times
May 11, 2013

A few decades ago, people living into their 80’s were “few and far between”, Paul Wild of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands said during a Friday forum on aging and disability.  Today there are more than 6 million Americans who are 85 and older – and that number could reach 25 million by 2050 when the youngest baby boomers turn 86, according to the National Institute on Aging.  “We really haven’t planned very well for it”, Wild told the audience of about 200 health and human service providers at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa.

Wild and other presenters spent the next few hours trying to connect the dots among the various programs on the Cape providing services for the elderly and disabled.   The forum on long-term care services was the second in a series organized by the Aging and Disability Forum Planning Group, which includes Elder Services and the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, among other groups.  Read entire article…