Poll: Americans Are In Denial About Long-Term Care

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2013)--Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older and are taking few steps to get ready, according to a new poll examining how people 40 and older are preparing for the 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 and 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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