“A 1997 study, for instance, found that education level was the single best predictor of how many children a woman would have” is a quote from The Coming Generational Storm by Kotlikoff and Burns (http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=10055). The chapter discusses the change in the U.S. population from “strollers to walkers” and the trend that older adults will not have children to care for them because of declining birth rates in the United States. This may change with birth rates of future generations, but at least for now the number of children who will be at an age to care for their older parents is declining. All the more reason to make long term care planning a higher priority.

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