Since 2013, The AP-NORC Center has conducted a series of annual surveys on older Americans’ experience with aging and expectations about long-term care. Over the course of six years, the study has uncovered some striking misconceptions about what might await them as they grow older. Here’s what we found.
Adults age 18 to 39 are just as likely as those age 40 and older to have current experience providing long-term care, but younger caregivers are more likely than caregivers age 40 and older to feel stressed, according to a new study of Americans age 18 and older by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Family and friends provide much of the care for Americans 65 and older who require at least some support with daily activities. Nearly two-thirds have had to balance work with providing that care, according to a 2017 AP-NORC Center survey of Americans 40 and older with experience with long-term care. About 47 percent are having difficulty doing so. This AP-NORC Center video interactive explores how caregivers balance work and caregiving.
A 2017 study of Americans age 40 and older with experience providing long-term care to a loved one finds that many provide a wide range of assistance, though only half say they had most of the training they need.
Hispanics face obstacles in getting culturally competent care, according to a study of Hispanic Americans age 40 and older from the 2017 Long-Term Care Poll. The study reveals that older Hispanics often experience negative effects as a result of the language and cultural barriers they encounter while navigating the health care system.
Millions of Americans require support with daily living activities due to aging, and the majority of this assistance takes place in home and community settings, not institutions like nursing homes. This AP-NORC Center video interactive explores how home health care aides factor into the overall home care picture and uses findings from 2017 Long-Term Care Poll to see what older Americans expect from them.
Two-thirds of older Americans feel that neither they nor the country are prepared for the long-term health care needs that accompany the rapidly growing older adult population, according to the 2017 Long-Term Care Poll of Americans age 40 and older.
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. This video from The AP-NORC Center outlines five key things Americans should be thinking about when it comes to the care they may need as they age.
In the next 15 years, America’s senior population is expected to nearly double, greatly increasing demand for basic long-term care services like cooking, bathing, or getting dressed. But many Americans are unsure about how these support services are financed. Keeping the costs manageable will remain a challenge for families and governments in the years ahead. This video interactive combines findings from the 2016 Long-Term Care Poll with a personal story of an aging woman and her caregiver.
This infographic from The AP-NORC Center uses data from the 2016 Long-Term Care Poll to explore caregiving in the United States. It finds that many Americans have experience providing long-term care to a loved one or expect to do so in the future. State programs to provide paid family leave for caregivers enjoy wide support and a majority say they would be comfortable asking their employer for time off under such a program.