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Briefing: Where you live may decide the kind of care you get when you are older or have disabilities

06/18/14     ,

A new scorecard measures the effects of state policies on the ability to live independently, from choice of setting, care quality and affordability, to support for family caregivers, and more.

 In just 12 years, the leading edge of the Baby Boom Generation will enter its 80s, placing new demands on the long-term care system.

Today, more than 90 percent of older people who get help with daily activities rely on the nation’s 42 million family caregivers. This generation, and those that follow, will have far fewer potential family caregivers to provide unpaid help. Is America ready? Which states effectively serve and support older Americans and people with disabilities who want to live independently but need help with their daily activities? Which states need to do more for family caregivers and people who need care? Do any states completely meet the long-term care needs of their population?

With the support of the nation’s leading organizations promoting a quality long-term care system, AARP has developed a comprehensive state-by-state long-term care Scorecard. Based on 26 performance indicators within five key dimensions, this Scorecard assesses each of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia), and ranks them against each other. The State Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard will be released at 12:01 a.m. on June 19.

On June 18 at 1 p.m. ET, there will be an embargoed telephone briefing for reporters on LTSS Scorecard with Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President for Public Policy, AARP; Melinda K. Abrams, Vice President for Health Care Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund; and Bruce Chernof, President and CEO, The SCAN Foundation.

To participate in the telephone press briefing, receive an embargoed copy of the report, call-in instructions and access to briefing power point, please email your contact information (phone and email) and written agreement to the embargo to: Media@aarp.org

Date and time:
June 18, 1 p.m. ET 

Contact:
Nancy Thompson 
202-434-2560
media@aarp.org