By Lauran Neergaard – Associated Press | Oct 15, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — Skipping your checkup but not grandma’s? Caring for an older loved one is a balancing act, and a new poll shows that too often it’s the caregivers’ health that’s neglected. The survey, by The Associated Press-NORC Center…
The AP-NORC Center’s 2018 survey of long-term caregivers asks Americans about the types of challenges and costs they face providing care.
According to a new survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 35 percent of caregivers have skipped routine care, 33 percent skipped a recommended treatment, and 31 percent didn’t go to the doctor at all when sick or injured as a result of their caregiving responsibilities. Others cite impacts to their personal finances. Still, 60 percent say they feel supported in their role as a caregiver.
The population of Americans age 65 and older is growing at an unprecedented rate. In 2014, there were 46.2 million adults age 65 and older, and this number is expected to more than double to comprise about 98 million older adults by the year 2060. 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 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.
Most Americans age 40 and older expect they will need care at some point.
Many older Americans have not saved for future long-term care and do not feel confident in their ability to pay for it in the future.
Most Americans age 40 and older expect to provide care to a loved one in the next five years.
Americans support policies like a government-administered long-term care insurance program and tax breaks for purchasing long-term care insurance.