LeadingAge Issue Briefs
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The population aged 65 and over is the fastest-growing age cohort in our country. As people age, they and their families often come to rely on a wide range of supportive services in order to live independently in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
LeadingAge Comments on SAMSHA Dropping Aging
All 6,000 LeadingAge members are not-for-profit, 501(c)(3)
organizations. They serve 4.5 million seniors a year, employing
well over one million people and hundreds of thousands of
need for long-term services and supports is a risk we all face, a highly
probable risk. As we reach age 65, we have a 70% chance of needing these
services for an average of 3 years.
Medicare and Medicaid are essential sources of coverage for acute and post-acute care and for long-term services and supports. Private long-term care insurance, which in its current form has proven inaccessible and/or unattractive for most Americans, covers less than five percent of these costs. Most long-term services and supports are delivered in the home by family members, neighbors and friends in the home.