Startling statistics about long-term care in America:
- Our 65 and over population will double in the next 40 years. 1
- We’re living longer, but chronic health conditions lead to a declining quality of life.
- In addition, dementia affects 10% of us over age 65, rising to 1⁄4 of all men age 85 and over and nearly 1⁄3 of all women age 85 and over. 2
- Limitations in ability to perform IADL’s and ADL’s create significant needs for assistance.
- Informal caregivers assume significant responsibilities to assist with our self-care, mobility, transportation and health care.
- Costs of care vary widely depending on the type of service and where care is provided.
Learn these facts … and much more … with the 2016 Key Indicators of Well-Being for Older Americans.
1 U.S. Census Bureau, 1900 to 1940, 1970, and 1980, U.S. Census Bureau, 1983, Table 42; 1950, U.S. Census Bureau, 1953, Table 38; 1960, U.S. Census Bureau, 1964, Table 155; 1990, U.S. Census Bureau, 1991, 1990 Summary Table File; 2000, U.S. Census Bureau, 2001, Census 2000 Summary File 1; U.S. Census Bureau, Table 1: Intercensal Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex and Age for the U.S.: April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2010 (US-EST00INT-01); U.S. Census Bureau, 2011. 2010 Census Summary File 1; U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Selected Age Groups by Sex for the United States, States, Counties, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios: April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2014 (PEPAGESEX); U.S. Census Bureau, Table 3: Projections of the Population by Sex and Selected Age Groups for the United States: 2015 to 2060 (NP2014-T3). 2 National Health and Aging Trends Study, 2011