The number of individuals age 65 and older across the nation is projected to double in the next 50 years, from over 45 million in 2015 to over 95 million in 2065. California's age 65 and older population stands at 4 million, which is projected to double to over 8 million by 2030. This brief offers a basic primer on long-term services and supports (LTSS) in California within a national context. LTSS, also known as long-term care (LTC), provides assistance to people with disabilities of all ages, including older adults who need help with daily activities.
This policy brief summarizes findings from the newly released long-term care financing option research by the Urban Institute and Milliman, Inc., courtesy of Health Affairs.
The demand for long-term care will substantially outpace the rate of growth in the U.S. economy over the next decade. An estimated 12 million Americans are currently in need of long-term services and supports (LTSS)—defined as institutional or home-based assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or medication management—including both seniors and persons under age 65 living with physical or cognitive limitations. In the next two decades, the U.S. health care system will face a tidal wave of aging baby boomers. This, among many other factors, will create an unsustainable demand for LTSS in the coming years.
On March 20, 2013, experts convened at the National Press Club in Washingon, D.C for a briefing hosted by The SCAN Foundation on the key issues affecting the nation's long-term care system. They presented practical options from various perspectives for increasing access to affordable long-term care services for the millions of Americans needing this support.
It starts with a late night phone call reporting that a loved one is in the hospital after being in a serious car accident. It is the slow progression of rheumatoid arthritis that grinds one’s mobility to a screeching halt. Or sometimes it comes from the cumulative impact connected with having multiple chronic health conditions that greatly minimize daily functioning. These and other similar markers of change are part of the human experience that American families–regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, current functional status, or other characteristics–encounter.
At some point in their lives, most people will need some form of ongoing assistance, often called long term care (LTC) or long-term services and supports (LTSS). This includes assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing or dressing or supervision required by a cognitive condition such as Alzheimer’s disease.