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AARP Survey Gives Views on Health, Home and Happiness

Being able to stay in their own homes as they age is a priority concern for Granite Staters 50 and older, according to an AARP survey.

See Also: Voices of 50+ America: Dreams and Challenges

The 2011 survey, Voices of 50+ New Hampshire: Dreams and Challenges, shows that nearly all – 95% – of New Hampshire residents say it’s important to stay in their own homes as they age. And more than four in five supports shifting funds used only for nursing homes to long-term care services that would allow them to stay in their homes and communities.

“New Hampshire’s current long-term care system is out of balance,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Kelly Clark. “Currently, over 80% of taxpayer-funded long-term care dollars go to facility care, like nursing homes, leaving only 20% for home- and community-based care, which is what people want and is less costly. There is a major disconnect here.”

Other key findings of this landmark survey include:
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