Celebrate Aging Services Workers on Labor Day
Please attribute the following statement to LeadingAge Florida President/CEO Steve Bahmer:
On Monday, September 5, we pay tribute to the hardworking men and women who drive Florida’s economy. Labor Day is dedicated to the achievements of America’s working families. In addition, at LeadingAge Florida we see this holiday as an opportunity to pay tribute to the particularly unique contributions healthcare workers make for seniors in the Sunshine State.
Our member communities employ thousands of men and women who are dedicated to providing the highest quality senior living experience. They are part of a field which is the second largest source of jobs in Florida, and that proportion will only continue to grow.
On this Labor Day, we are reminded that our state, like many, is not fully prepared for the wave of seniors that is headed our way. More than 3 million people in Florida are 65 and older, with more than 1,000 people moving to Florida every day. This means Florida is adding nearly 70,000 new-resident retirees to its population each year.
Serving those seniors means, in part, finding solutions to fill the 4,500 nursing positions that are currently unfilled in Florida, as well the roughly 48,000 other healthcare jobs that are currently unfilled.
On Labor Day, and every day, LeadingAge Florida celebrates the thousands of compassionate souls who care for seniors all across the state. And we reaffirm our commitment to helping build the infrastructure that will support them in this important work.
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