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

Do you think YOU will need long-term care when you get older?

By Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term celderly-coupleare as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready.

A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found 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, according to the poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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