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Who Needs Long-Term Care?

52%: Percentage of people turning age 65 who will need some type of long-term care services in their lifetimes. 

47%: Estimated percentage of men 65 and older who will need long-term care during their lifetimes.

58%: Estimated percentage of women 65 and older who will need long-term care during their lifetimes.

2.5 years: Average number of years women will need long-term care.

1.5 years: Average number of years men will need long-term care.

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10%: Percentage of Americans over age 65 who have Alzheimer's dementia. 

33%: Percentage of Americans over age 85 who have Alzheimer's dementia. 

64%: Percentage of Americans with Alzheimer's dementia who are women.

123%: Percentage increase in the number of people who died from Alzheimer's dementia, 2000-2015.

-11%: Percentage decrease in the number of people who died from heart disease, 2000-2015.

22%: Percentage of individuals over 65 in the highest income quintile who will have a long-term care need of two years or longer.

31%: Percentage of individuals over 65 in the lowest income quintile who will have a long-term care need of two years or longer.

45%: Percentage of people requiring significant long-term care help (assistance with two or more activities of daily living) who are under age 65.

8%: Percentage of people between the ages of 40 and 50 who will have a disability that will require long-term care services.

WHAT LEVEL OF LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS DO RETIREES NEED?

Retirees’ Need for Caregivers Varies Widely
 

"Nothing causes dread in a retiree quite like the prospect of having to go into a nursing home someday or becoming dependent on someone who comes into the house to help with routine daily needs."

Boston College, Center for Retirement Research

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