Raise Your Hand If you Think You Won't Need Elder Care!

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Spring 2015

Raise your hand if you think you won’t need elder care! Middle-aged Americans underestimate their future health care needs for long-term care services and support, according to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The study found 60 percent think they are unlikely to need care, while in reality only 30 percent will not need care. Expectations around future care needs varied by respondents’ current living situation: Those who live alone were most likely to believe they will need care, whereas respondents living with minor children were the least likely to expect they will need care in the future. The study was published in the January issue of Health Affairs.


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