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Baby Boomers and Long-Term Care Planning

In just 10 years, the entire Baby Boomer generation will be over the age of 50. The implications of this are significant and far-reaching, including the demand this group will have for long-term care. Research shows that record numbers of Baby Boomers will experience the same chronic conditions as generations before them, conditions that often require specialized, long-term care.

Unfortunately, Baby Boomers, and Boomer women in particular, are resisting making long-term care plans now. A 2009 study published by AARP† found that 50 percent of Boomer women do not want to think about the possibility of needing long-term care. Yet, according to the AARP report, if current forecasts hold true, nearly half of Americans who live to be 65 will enter a nursing home at some point in their lives.

Too often, by the time individuals seek help with long term care, they are already in crisis and do not know where to turn for assistance. As a result, they don’t have time to find quality providers, or they end up in a nursing home when their needs might have been better met by community services that provide transportation, personal and adult day care, and other senior-focused activities.

At the heart of long-term care is teamwork. Many longterm care plans bring a team of physicians, nurses, nursing-home administrators and other health-care professionals together to promote better health while reducing costs. The idea is to provide every member with preventive care that is tailored to the individual to keep them as healthy and independent as possible.

The Baby Boomer generation is often described as our greatest generation. Let’s respect that distinction by planning for their health care future now.

†Boomer Women’s Long-Term Care Planning: Barrier and Levers. Helen W. Brown, AARP
Knowledge Management, August 2009.

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