➤ Those turning age 65 today have about a 70 percent chance of needing some type of long-term care in their lifetime.
➤ Women need care longer (3.7 years) than men (2.2 years). The average length of time people need long-term care services is 3 years.
➤ One-third of people may never need long-term care, but 20 percent will need it for longer than 5 years.1
➤ Not only seniors need long-term care. Over 35 percent of people currently receiving long-term care services are between 18 and 64.2
Personal Factors Increasing Your Risk
Age – The older you are, the more likely it is you will need assistance.
Living Alone – If you live alone it is more likely you will need paid care. It is less likely if you live with a spouse or partner.
Gender – Women are more likely to need long term care than men. Mostly because women live 5 years longer than men on average.
Lifestyle – Poor diet and exercise habits increase the chance of needing care.
Personal History – Health and family history can increase the chances of needing long term care.