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More Than Half of Americans Will Need Nursing Home Care

October 16, 2017

From the Health Day website

More than half of Americans will find themselves in a nursing home at some point in their lives, a new study shows.

That eclipses the 35 percent estimate used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the researchers added.

“Lifetime use of nursing homes is considerably greater than previously thought, mostly due to an increase in short stays of less than three weeks,” said lead researcher Michael Hurd. He is director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, in Santa Monica, Calif.

Increased nursing home care begs the question of who will pay for it and how will they pay for it, he said.

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