The Long-Term Care Crisis—Why Few Can Afford to Grow Old in America


Hear from caregivers about the costs and complexity of long-term care

On Dec. 5, KFF Health News hosted a virtual conversation about “Dying Broke,” our joint investigation with The New York Times into America’s long-term care crisis and what can be done to mitigate its growing financial and emotional toll.

Jordan Rau, a senior correspondent at KFF Health News and co-author of “Dying Broke,”
will moderate the conversation.

Reed Abelson
is a health care reporter at The New York Times and co-author of the “Dying Broke” series. She covers the business of health care, focusing in particular on health insurance and how financial incentives affect the delivery of medical care.

Robert Ingenito is caring for his 93-year-old father in the New York City suburbs. Robert cared for his father at home for five years, which required him to cut his work schedule to about 20 hours a week. Recently, his father’s growing care needs required Robert to move him into an assisted living facility.

Anne Tumlinson is the founder of Daughterhood, which provides support to family caregivers by connecting them to information and other members with caregiving experiences. She is also the founder and CEO of ATI Advisory and has spent the last two decades improving how America cares for its frailest, most vulnerable older adults.

Angela Jemmott, along with her siblings, is helping care for her mother in Sacramento, California, so that she can remain in her home. She also is a volunteer for Hand in Hand, a national nonprofit network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants working for dignified and respectful working conditions that benefit the employer and worker alike.

To learn more about America’s long-term care crisis, check out the Dying Broke project. Part one of the series examines America’s high long-term care costs, including how they compare to costs in other countries. Part two examines the high costs and profits of assisted living facilities. Part three looks at the shortcomings of long-term care insurance. Part four considers the shortcomings of long-term care insurance and a connected story provides a guide to deciding when, or whether, to buy long-term care insurance.

This event was supported in part by The John A Hartford Foundation. Rani Snyder, Vice President, Program at The John A. Hartford Foundation made introductory remarks.


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