In Michigan, the age 85 and older population will increase by approximately 60% over the next quarter century, and many will need some form of long-term care (LTC). With citizens beginning to raise questions about the range of LTC services available in their communities, the cost of those services, and efforts to expand existing services, AARP's telephone survey of 802 randomly selected age 50+ Michigan residents found that:
- 78% rate working to ensure affordable long-term care choices as a top priority for their state.
- 75% support increased funding for long-term care services, even if it means delaying a reduction in state taxes.
- 57% say they are more likely to vote for candidates who support improving the affordability of long-term care services, even if it means delaying a reduction in state taxes.
- 55% worry about costs of long-term care services.
- 58% are not confident they could afford long-term care costs for five years; 54% of the respondents are confident they could afford the costs of long-term care for one year, but their confidence level decreases substantially when considering those costs over a five-year period.
The survey was conducted between March 4 and 11, 2002 by Woelfel Research, Inc., and the report prepared by Susan L. Silberman, Ph.D., of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted for further information at 202/434-6339. (15 pages)
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