A Tool for Catalyzing Progress in Long-Term Care

Approximately 10,000 people in the United States turn 65 every day. Half of them will one day find themselves needing a high level of help with basic daily activities like walking, eating, getting out of bed in the morning, and bathing—assistance known as long-term services and supports (LTSS). LTSS comes in different forms. It may be provided in the home, assisted living, nursing facilities, or integrated settings such as those that provide both health care and supportive services. LTSS also …

Celebrate Our Interdependence

Independence Day is coming. So is a significant change in our society. As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we can also celebrate the vibrant interdependence of us all, across the age spectrum. Every day in this country, 10,000 people turn 65. With boomers beginning to turn 80 in 2026, we’re less than a decade away from this sizable generation’s increased need for long-term services and supports (LTSS). Has your state risen to the challenge of providing appropriate LTSS that will …

Coming June 14: All-New State Scorecard on Long-Term Services & Supports

This is an exciting month for AARP’s Public Policy Institute. We’re set to release our third Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard Report on June 14, and this powerful tool is far more interactive and comprehensive than the 2011 and 2014 installments. A lot has changed since 2011 when we first partnered with The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation to conceive of the idea for a scorecard that would measure long-term services and supports for older adults as …

No Wrong Door: Promising Practices for Accessing Long-Term Services and Supports

Most of us will need long-term services and supports (LTSS), either for ourselves or for our family members. However, most of us do not know about our options and how to pay for these services. That is why the LTSS State Scorecard — created by the AARP Public Policy Institute and funded by the Scan Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund — ranks states on their aging and disability resource centers. These centers are an important feature of a high-performing LTSS …

Nursing Facility Transitions: A Cornerstone for Balancing Long-Term Services and Supports

When Abbie was first admitted to a nursing facility in Henderson, Nev., in December 2012, she was told she would probably be there for the rest of her life. For Abbie, who was 76 at the time, that was not an option. “That place was not my cup of tea,” she said. “I didn’t belong there.” About 1.5 million Americans currently live in a nursing facility. Like Abbie, whose story was told first by Nevada’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) …

Why Millennials Care About Long-Term Care

Recently I’ve heard several stories of families having to deplete their entire life savings just to qualify for Medicaid. Hitting much closer to home are my experiences of watching my mother take on the role of caregiver for my grandfather. These stories and experiences have forced me to confront my own indifference, as a millennial, about long-term care — an issue seemingly a long time away from playing a role in my life. According to a study conducted by Genworth …