“The data, released last Tuesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, shows 7.2% of seniors required help with activities of daily living in 2015, compared to 6.6% in 1997. The report included eating, bathing, dressing and getting around as personal care needs. … Seniors over age 85 were twice as likely as adults between age 75 and 84 to require personal care help, and were five times as likely as adults age 65 to 74. The report also found 6.4% of white seniors required personal care help, compared to 9.6% of black and 11.3% of Hispanic seniors. Click here to read the full report, which also includes data on other health issues like diabetes, influenza vaccinations and alcohol consumption.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
We not only have more seniors, especially those over the critical age of 85, but their rate of needing care is increasing as well. A dangerous combination!