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How much care will I need?

Long-term care needs vary from person to person and often change over time.  

  • On average, someone who is 65 today will need some type of long-term care for three years.

  • About one-third of today’s 65-year-olds may never need long-term care; 20% will need care for longer than 5 years.

  • Women need care longer (3.7 years on average) then men (2.2 years on average), mostly because women usually live longer.

More people use long-term care services at home than in facilities. People also use these services longer at home than they do in facilities.

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