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.