https://www.washingtonpost.com/busi...ecafc6-bec1-11e9-b873-63ace636af08_story.html This will be catastrophic’: Maine families face elder boom, worker shortage in preview of nation’s future Flaherty’s mother, Caroline, has for two years qualified for in-home care paid for by the state’s Medicaid program. But the agency could not find someone to hire amid a severe shortage of workers that has crippled facilities for seniors across the state. With private help now bid up to $50 an hour, Janet and her two sisters have been forced to do what millions of families in a rapidly aging America have done: take up second, unpaid jobs caring full time for their mother. “We do not know what to do. We do not know where to go. We are in such dire need of help,” said Flaherty, an insurance saleswoman. The disconnect between Maine’s aging population and its need for young workers to care for that population is expected to be mirrored in states throughout the country over the coming decade, demographic experts say. And that’s especially true in states with populations with fewer immigrants, who are disproportionately represented in many occupations serving the elderly, statistics show.