Long-Term Care: Perceptions, Experiences, and Attitudes among Americans 40 or Older

Source: T. Tompson, J. Benz, J. Agiesta, D. Junius, K. Nguyen, and K. Lowell, Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, April 2013

The study reveals several critical issues with the potential to inform the long-term care policy dialogue.
– Although Americans 40 years or older report several concerns about aging and losing their independence, they are not taking actions to plan for their own long-term care needs. Only 41 percent of this population has taken the important first step of discussing their preferences for long-term care with their families and only 35 percent have set aside money to pay for their long-term care needs.
– There are widespread misperceptions among those 40 or over surrounding the costs of long-term care services, with significant proportions of the population underestimating the costs of nursing home care and overestimating the role of Medicare in paying for that care.
– The survey reveals majority support among Americans 40 or older for some public policy options for financing long-term care. This includes bipartisan support for tax incentives to encourage individual saving for long-term care expenses.
– Americans 40 or over count on their families to be there for them as they age, but those who are currently receiving long-term care or who have received it in the past are less likely to believe they can rely on their family in a time of need.
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