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Perceptions and Opinions of Long-Term Care: A Survey of AARP Members in Pennsylvania

AARP Member Opinion Research

This mail survey, conducted by AARP in April-June 2003, investigated the views of 1,197 AARP members in Pennsylvania concerning long-term care and related issues. Some of the key findings are as follows:

  • Most Pennsylvania members have not discussed their preferences for long term care with family members.
  • Most of the members think it would be difficult to find long-term care they could afford.
  • Most of the members support AARP's advocacy for programs designed to allow people to stay in their own homes as they age.
  • About 7 in 10 Pennsylvania members are not confident they would be able to afford the cost of nursing home care for even 1 year.
  • Cost is the top reason the members do not purchase long-term care insurance.

This report was prepared by Katherine Bridges and David Cicero of Knowledge Management, AARP. For further information, please contact David Cicero at 202/434-6307. (23 pages).

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