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Poll: Aging US in denial about long-term care need

Poll: Aging US in denial about long-term care need

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Apr 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll suggests that Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older - and are taking few steps to get ready.
   
The poll examines how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging. Two-thirds say they've done little to no planning.
   
In fact, 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all. Only a quarter predict it's very likely that they'll need help getting around or caring for themselves during their senior years.
   
That's a surprise considering the poll found more than half of the 40-plus crowd already have been caregivers for an impaired relative or friend.
   
The poll was conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research with funding from the SCAN Foundation.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.