Will I Need Long Term Care Services?

Last Updated
February 24th, 2011

Not everyone will need chronic care and support services.  Learn more about your odds for such care and services.

About 70 percent of individuals over age 65 will require at least some type of supportive services during their lifetime. Over 40 percent will need the intensive-type care found in a nursing home or through a home aide. Factors that increase your risk of needing long-term care and supportive services are: 

  • Age - The odds of needing services generally increases as you get older. 
  • Marital Status - Single people are more likely to need care from an outside provider.
  • Gender - Women are at a higher risk than men, primarily because they tend to live longer. 
  • Lifestyle - Poor diet and exercise habits can increase your needs for long-term care and supportive services.
  • Genetic and Family Health History – these can significantly impact one’s need for long-term care and support services.

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