most at risk of needing long term care?
S. Stum, Ph.D. Family Social Science
age 85 years and older.
age 85 and older (the oldest-old) have the highest
per capita need for long term care services. The
majority of the oldest-old; however, remain independent
and living in the community.
with chronic health problems.
with chronic health problems are most at risk
of needing help with daily living activities and
remaining as independent as possible.
Individuals who lack family support and don't
have family members who can provide unpaid care.
who lack social and family support have fewer
sources of unpaid care available to them and face
greater risks of needing formal or paid long term
care services. As family sizes get smaller and
children are more geographically dispersed, there
are fewer family members available to provide
are more likely to have long term care needs after
age 65 then men.
tend to live longer, outlive their caregivers,
and face more disabling conditions as they age
compared to men. As a result, women have higher
rates of using the range of long term care services
than men. More than 75% of women who survive to
the age of 95 years are expected to receive nursing
home care, as compared to 50% of men (Spillman
& Lubitz, 2000).