Washingtonians for a Responsible Future

International Examiner: Tosh and Toshi’s Story—Lucky in love and long-term care

International Examiner writes:

Tosh and Toshi Okamoto have been married for 67 years and couldn’t imagine being apart now. They are currently residents of Nikkei Manor, a senior residential facility in Seattle’s International District. They are also two of the founders of Keiro Northwest (formerly Nikkei Concerns) that oversees Nikkei Manor and other senior health and wellness programs including the Keiro Rehabilitation & Care Center. They are able to live comfortably in one of the facility’s single bedroom apartments. Tosh and Toshi rely on personal savings to cover the cost of their care.

Washington State’s older adult population is set to double in the next 25 years. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 70% of Washingtonians over 65 will need long term care services. One-third of Americans age 40 and older have reported doing little or no planning for their long term care needs and less than 8% have long term care insurance.

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