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The SCAN Foundation launches a series of
California Specific Fact Sheets highlighting
Critical Long-Term Care Issues throughout
at a glance: The number of Californians age
65 and older is projected to increase by 100%
from 2010 to 2030.
LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct.
SCAN Foundation has
released six fact sheets compiling figures
from the state of California that
provide basic information on long-term care.
Roughly 70 percent of individuals age 65
and above will have long-term care needs at
some point in their lives. When learning of
this real likelihood, people feel deeply
worried and unprepared.
According to a March
commissioned by The SCAN Foundation with the
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 66
percent of California voters
40 and older worry about being able to pay
for long-term care that they or a family
member may need in the future. Latinos in
the state responded to the same question in
even higher numbers, with 73% expressing
worry about paying for long-term care.
Long-term care refers to a broad range of
services that support people with
limitations in their ability to care for
themselves due to a physical, cognitive, or
chronic health condition that is expected to
continue for an extended period of time.
These disabling conditions may be inherited
or acquired, result from an underlying
health condition or arise from a condition
present at birth.
"Right now, the system is inadequate to
support vulnerable older adults who find it
increasingly more challenging to live
independently as they age," said Bruce
Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The
SCAN Foundation. "These fact sheets provide
meaningful and accurate information to
policymakers and researchers that will help
them to build and sustain critical long-term
care services throughout the state."
An individual needing long-term care
services generally requires assistance with
activities of daily living (ADLs)— including
bathing, dressing, eating, transferring, and
walking; or instrumental activities of daily
living (IADLs)—including meal preparation,
house cleaning, and medication management—
regardless of the cause of their disability.
Each easy-to-use fact sheet presents a
single long-term care issue, highlights main
points in bulleted format and provides a
comprehensive list of citations.
The SCAN Foundation will revise the fact
sheets regularly as updated information
About The SCAN Foundation
The SCAN Foundation is an independent
nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing
the development of a sustainable continuum
of quality care for seniors that integrates
medical treatment and human services in the
settings most appropriate to their needs and
with the greatest likelihood of a healthy,
independent life. The SCAN Foundation
supports programs that stimulate public
engagement, develop realistic public policy
and financing options, and disseminate
promising care models and technologies. For
more information about The SCAN Foundation,