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Aging at Home: Long-Term Care in Kentucky

In 2020, there will be nearly 5 million Kentuckians age 65 and older, resulting in a greater need for long-term care options. This telephone survey of 800 Kentucky AARP members age 55 and older found that:

  • Eighty-five percent of members support increasing funds for services that help people stay in their homes as they age. In addition, 87 percent support using money that would otherwise go to nursing homes for home- and community-based services. Over half say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate for office who works to give people choices in their long-term care.
  • Kentucky members want to age in their homes. Over nine in ten say it is important for them to stay at home for as long as possible. Seventy-eight percent say it is important for them to choose how and where they receive long-term care services.
  • Members are not confident of their ability to pay for long-term care in a nursing home or with a home health aide. About half of members say that they are not at all or not very confident that they could afford needed long-term care.

This telephone survey was conducted for AARP by Alan Newman Research between September 11 and September 18, 2007. The survey has an error rate of +/- 3.5 percent and a cooperation rate of 46 percent. The response rate is 29 percent. The sample was weighted by age to represent the actual composition of Kentucky members. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Erica Dinger, J.D., at 202-434-6176. (14 pages)

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