We may not want to think about it, let alone acknowledge it, but eventually we will all get older. But are we prepared for what getting older entails?
A new study published in the January issue of Health Affairs from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota shows that middle-aged adult Americans (ages 40-65) underestimate their future health care needs for long-term care services and supports. The study found 60 percent think they are unlikely to need care, while in reality only 30 percent will not need care.
Previous research indicates that as the American population ages most middle-aged individuals are under-informed about care and have made few plans such as saving money and having proper insurance to cover care needs as they arise.