Most
Popular

Viewed

Commented

Trends in Disability, Community Living, and Caregiving: Analysis of Data from the National Long-Term Care Survey

Either the video service is temporarily unavailable or the requested video could not be retrieved. We apologize for the inconvenience.

According to the National Long-Term Care Survey (NLTCS), disability rates among older Americans have declined substantially over the 20 years studied:

If 1984 rates had remained unchanged, 1.3 million more persons age 65 or older would have experienced a disability in 2004.

If rates of institutional use among older persons with disabilities had stayed constant, three-quarters of a million more older people would have been in institutions, and federal and state Medicaid spending on nursing homes would have been $24 billion higher.

The ways in which older people with disabilities managed their conditions also changed significantly between 1984 and 2004. Many more persons with less severe disabilities managed to live with assistive devices. Among those receiving human assistance, the vast majority were helped by family caregivers, who are increasingly taking full responsibility for providing care. Since 1994, the proportion of family care supplemented by formal (paid) care declined from 39% to 28%, and since 1999, the hours of paid care decreased significantly.

The detailed analyses of the NLTCS data in two new research reports provide insight into the factors driving these changes.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Caregiving
Resource Center

Find tools, work sheets and tips on how to plan, prepare and succeed as a caregiver. Select a Caregiving Resource Center topic from the drop-down menu below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Grandson (8-9) whispering to grandfather, close-up

Members save on hearing care with the AARP® Hearing Care Program provided by HearUSA.

AARP Discounts on ADT Companion Services

Members save 20% off installation of any NEW ADT Personal Emergency Response System.

Movies Unlimited

Members save 10% on purchases of DVDs & Blu-ray discs with Movies Unlimited.

Caregiving walking

Caregiving can be a lonely journey, but AARP offers resources that can help.

Featured
Groups

Caregiving

What do you wish you knew when you first started caring for a loved one? Discuss

Tactics for Aging In Place

Home is where the Heart is. Share with us your stories, strategies and caregiving tips for aging at home. Discuss