“Future residents may be sicker than current ones, study suggests,” by Lois A. Bowers, McKnight’s Senior Living
“Future [long-term care] residents may be moving in sicker than current ones, suggests a new study. Members of the pre-retirement generation already have more health issues and health-related limits on their lives than previous generations did when they were in their late 50s, according to research published in Health Affairs. . . . Using data from long-term health studies and funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the researchers found that those who are in the age group that has to wait until age 67 to receive full Social Security benefits tended to have higher rates of poor cognition, such as memory and thinking ability, in their 50s than the cohort groups of older people had at a similar age.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
The same generation is doing less to prepare for long-term care risk and cost.
Future residents may be sicker than current ones, study suggests