Caregiving | Home & Family | Money & Savings | Public Policy InstituteGreater longevity is a measure of enormous progress for older Americans. But greater longevity has also created new challenges. Particularly troubling is what happens to middle-class security for Americans who reach advanced old age. Think tanks, academic research centers, and journalists are generating mountains of reports on the plight of the middle class. Political leaders from across the ideological spectrum speak of the importance of restoring middle class security. However, these discussions have largely focused on the problems with attaining middle-class …
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Donald L. Redfoot, Ph.D., has been a strategic policy advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute for 18 years, conducting and supervising policy research on: financing options for long-term services and supports; trends in disability, institutional care, and family caregiving; and international comparisons of long-term care systems.
Caregiving | Home & Family | Public Policy InstituteMost people don’t think of themselves as potential welfare recipients. But seven out of ten people who reach the age of 65 will need long-term services and supports (LTSS) during their lives, and three in ten will eventually rely on Medicaid to pay a significant share of the costs of their care. Do these numbers reflect declining willingness of Americans to help their own families in a time of need? Are we becoming a nation of people unwilling to take …