Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Friday, September 19, 2014 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: April 23, 2013 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

Poll: Americans in denial about long-term care need



WASHINGTON — We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older and are taking few steps to get ready.
A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds say they’ve done little to no planning.
In fact, 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all. Only a quarter predict it’s very likely that they’ll need help getting around or caring for themselves during their senior years, according to the poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
That’s a surprise considering the poll found more than half of the 40-plus crowd already have been caregivers for an impaired relative or friend — seeing from the other side the kind of assistance they, too, may need later on.
The poll found most people expect family to step up if they need long-term care — even though 6 in 10 haven’t talked with loved ones about the possibility and how they’d like it to work.
Government figures show nearly 7 in 10 Americans will need long-term care at some point after they reach age 65, whether it’s from a relative, a home health aide, assisted living or a nursing home. On average, they’ll need that care for three years.





Back
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE NEWS HEADLINES
arrow Long funeral procession shows love of young boy
arrow White House starts drive to prevent campus sexual attacks
arrow Pens start scheduling use at complex
arrow County man dies in Route 68 crash
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow Summit Twp man charged in child sex case
arrow Boy, 4, dies of injuries from ATV accident
arrow Wasn’t raised that way
arrow POLICE REPORTS