Poll: Aging US in denial about long-term care need

A new poll suggests that Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll suggests that Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older - and are taking few steps to get ready.

The poll examines how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging. Two-thirds say they've done little to no planning.

In fact, 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all. Only a quarter predict it's very likely that they'll need help getting around or caring for themselves during their senior years.

That's a surprise considering the poll found more than half of the 40-plus crowd already have been caregivers for an impaired relative or friend.

The poll was conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research with funding from the SCAN Foundation.

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