Washingtonians for a Responsible Future

The Olympian: Long-term health care crisis looms large

The Olympian writes:

A long-term health care financial crisis is looming for the state’s aging population. The state Legislature, individuals and families must begin to prepare for an age wave of unprecedented depth and duration.

Major reforms and new infusions of funding are needed for long-term health care services and support. That’s the system of care to help the elderly and people with disabilities meet their functional needs, including bathing, dressing, toileting, transportation and eating.

As individuals, we tend to be in denial about the possibility that we will lose our independence and need to rely on others for such basic needs, even though most families have someone in that very situation — a mother, a father, a grandparent or a sibling.

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