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The Long-Term Care Polls
A program of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from The SCAN Foundation, is undertaking a series of major studies on the public’s experiences with, and opinions and attitudes about, long-term care in the United States.

Complete findings from each study can be found on their Project pages.

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 Service 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 care 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.

These studies will also aim to generate new data on current and relevant long-term care issues and policies.