In 2013, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public
Affairs Research undertook a major study of public attitudes related to
long-term care in the United States. The report found that few Americans age 40
or older are prepared for long-term care—care that they expect to need in the
future—and even fewer understand the financial costs involved. The survey
revealed that Americans 40 or older are counting on their families to provide
assistance for them as they age, and that a majority support a variety of
policy options for financing long-term care.
aim of this second study is to understand better who is providing and receiving
care, how caregiving impacts family relationships and personal experience, how
Americans 40 or older use information on long-term care, and which policy
measures they think would improve long-term care.
survey tracked many questions from the 2013 study, and found that most
indicators remained relatively stable, including Americans’ understanding of
the long-term care system, personal experiences with long-term care, opinions
about their own and loved ones’ future care needs, and the extent to which they
are planning for their own or their families’ long-term care. This survey does
reveal changes in opinions on a couple of key public policy issues.
In order to produce new and actionable data about the
aging population to inform the national dialogue surrounding long-term care
issues, the AP-NORC Center, with funding from The SCAN Foundation, conducted
1,419 interviews with a nationally representative sample of adults age 40 and
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