Washingtonians for a Responsible Future

The Seattle Times: Put long-term care within reach

The Seattle Times Opinion-Editorial:

WHEN it comes to Washington’s aging population, time is not on our side. It’s a fact of life that as we age, most of us are going to need long-term care at some point. These services are not covered by Medicare and cost between $50,000 and $100,000 a year on average.

The statistics are sobering. Across the United States in 2011, 75 million baby boomers began entering retirement age. An average of 10,000 people a day turn 65, a pace that will continue for the next two decades. The number of Washingtonians age 85 and older — those most likely to need care — is projected to be 216,000 by 2030. That’s more than the population of Tacoma.

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