should I think about long term care?
S. Stum, Ph.D. Family Social Science
of all ages are at risk for needing long term
need for long term care can come at any age. People
who need long term care need help with activities
of daily living. Activities of daily living are
things such as: eating, dressing, bathing, transferring,
walking, using the toilet, taking medication and
shopping. Individuals are at risk of having an
accident or disease that would cause them to need
help with these types of activities.
majority of people who need long term care are
elderly, but younger people and children also
need long term care because of disabling diseases,
car accidents, AIDS, brain injuries, strokes and
other disabling events. Of the approximately 12
million people in the US who say they need assistance
with activities of daily living, it is estimated
that about 40% are working age.