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Long-Term Care: An AARP Survey of New York Residents Age 50+

The opinions of New York residents age 50+ about Long-Term Care (LTC), are explored in this AARP telephone survey of 800 NY residents, a majority of whom favor home and community-based LTC services.

Of those surveyed...

  • Most would prefer to receive long-term care for themselves or a family member at home with assistance from family, friends, and home care professionals, such as a nurse or personal care aid.
  • Nearly nine in ten (88%) support the state legislature increasing funding for home and community-based services, such as in-home health care, that allows people to remain in their own home as they age. More than seven in ten would still support an increase even if it means that state taxes would be raised.
  • Six in ten are very or somewhat worried about their ability to afford long-term care services for themselves or family members. At about $35,000 a year, more than half are not very or not at all confident they could afford to pay for assisted living for three years.
  • Cost is the primary barrier for NY residents age 50+ who say they have not purchased long-term care insurance. However, half of those who do not have long-term care insurance say they would be more likely to purchase a policy if the State offered larger tax incentives.

The full report presents the findings from a telephone survey of New York residents age 50 and older conducted from December 12 through December 22, 2006. For more information, contact Katherine Bridges at 207-899-2094. (24 pages)

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