Expert Panel Calls for More Innovation to Avert Looming Caregiving Crisis in the United States

Philadelphia – Five experts in the field of unpaid and paid caregiving for chronically ill or disabled adults shared their perspectives on how innovation and entrepreneurship can help address the looming caregiving crisis in the United States. 

The five-member panel spoke at the March 13 meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of Agin2.0, an international organization dedicated to accelerating innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Titled “Caregiving: The New Frontier for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” the meeting was sponsored by CaregiverAssistTM, a technology-enabled social services ecosystem easily accessible by caregivers and care recipients.

The panel called for enlightened federal and state legislation to enable greater innovation and the use of technology to avert unnecessary hospital admissions and visits to the ER; payment for family care givers; education and training for family caregivers; and greater awareness and support among employers for workers who are also family caregivers, estimated to be between 15% and 20% of any employee population.

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