Demographic projections show the population age 65 and
over nearly doubling by the time the last baby boomers have reached 65.
Specifically, while seniors made up only 12 percent of the U.S. population in
2000, they are expected to comprise about 20 percent by 2030, with roughly 73
million Americans over the age of 65. U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services projections estimate that 70 percent of Americans who reach the age of
65 will need some form of long-term care in their lives for an average of three
years. How to plan for and finance high-quality long-term care will remain a
key policy question for lawmakers in the years to come.
The AP-NORC Center, with funding from
The SCAN Foundation, is conducting annual nationally representative surveys of
Americans age 40 and older to monitor a series of long-term care issues. Future
studies will continue to examine awareness of older Americans’ understanding of
the long term system, their perceptions and misperceptions regarding the
likelihood of needing long term care services and the cost of those services,
and their attitudes and behaviors regarding planning for long term care.
studies will also aim to generate new data on current and relevant long-term
care issues and policies.