14 January 2015

Preparing for Future Health Care Needs

  • For the week of January 18th, 2015

    University of Minnesota researcher Carrie Henning-Smith discusses why many older Americans are unrealistic about their future long-term health care needs.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:18) Survey found only 40 percent of adults 45-60 predict they will need long-term care; (2:42) Reasons for denial about future care plans; (3:16) The rising disability rates in older Americans; (4:16) The likely long-term care many Americans will need; (4:58) How people pay for long-term care; (6:22) Many Americans are ill-informed on Medicare and Medicaid; (7:37) Adults with families are less likely to say they will need future care; (9:18) Multi-generational families and care; (10:38) The problems relying on children for future care; (12:27) Whether the retirement age for many Americans will need to extend to help pay for health care

  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:23) How people are planning for long-term care; (1:08) Long-term care insurance and its cost; (2:11) Other ways to help plan for future health care needs; (3:55) Savings versus the cost of health care; (5:39) Policy changes Henning-Smith hopes to see; (7:31) How other countries address future health care needs; (8:41) The psychological needs of care givers; (10:57) Where to learn more