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​Aging in America: 5 Things You Need to Know About Long-Term Care

The AP-NORC Center’s latest video outlines five key things Americans should be thinking about when it comes to the care they may need as they age.

Long-term care comes with high costs, both for those who need care and the families who support them. With an aging population, many people in America will be receiving or providing long-term care in the future but haven’t yet prepared.

The AP-NORC Center’s latest video outlines five key things Americans should be thinking about when it comes to the care they may need as they age.

More than half of people age 65 and older will need extensive long-term care services, but more than one-third of older Americans say they have done no planning at all for their own care needs. Most of that care will be provided by family members, not professionals, and it is costly, both financially and emotionally.

As the population ages, the expenses for long-term care will amount to billions of dollars paid for by the government and families across the country. All these factors amount to a looming crisis for the United States and families nationwide. The earlier families start planning, the better prepared they will be to meet their needs for long-term care.