New Jersey's aging population has a need for long-term care (LTC) services right now. In 2003, the Garden State had 1.06 million people – or 13 percent of its total population – who were age 65 or older. This mail survey examines AARP New Jersey members' opinions about several legislative strategies to help individuals obtain the type of care they need, want and can afford.
Of the 1,005 AARP members responding...
- 88 percent feel it should be a top or high priority for the state to simplify and accelerate the process of enrolling residents in home and community-based LTC programs when they are designated as eligible for nursing home care
- 83 percent consider it a top or high priority for the state to implement a system that increases home and community-based care options when individuals need to select LTC services, and to offer assistance in paying for home and community-based services for people needing but unable to afford them
- 43 percent expect that they or a member of their family are likely to need LTC in the next five years, and 73 percent are not confident about being able to pay the cost for two years should the need arise
- 84 percent consider it a top or high priority for AARP New Jersey to work on legislation that would increase affordable LTC choices
The survey was conducted from January 6th through February 3rd, 2005. Further information may be obtained by contacting Kate Bridges of AARP Knowledge Management at 207-899-2094. AARP Member Opinion Research (17 pages)