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Digging deeper: Furthermore, when it comes to the average 65-year-old, the study estimated a seven in 10 chance of developing a need for long-term care support and services at some point in their life. For a more in-depth look, the research also broke out the level of care needed into four categories: None, low, moderate and severe, in addition to individual specifics, such as marital status, education, race and self-reported health status. Here are some of the top takeaways:
📌Wealthier, married individuals were less likely to need long-term care versus unmarried individuals, although not by much
📌65-year-old men (unmarried and married) had a 23 percent probability of needing severe long-term care support
📌Married women of all ages had a 20 percent chance of needing severe long-term care support, while unmarried women had a 27 percent chance
📌28 percent of individuals with some high school or a high school education had severe long-term care needs, while 22 percent of individuals with a college education had no need for support
📌African Americans had a 33 percent rate of severe long-term care needs, while Hispanics and Caucasians had a 23 percent chance
Plan appropriately: People always want me to tell them whether they need long-term care coverage or not. The statistics are valuable to share, but the reality is, you’ll either need it or you won’t. Although 25 percent might seem like a low number, it can be a disastrous one if you find yourself there.