California’s Hispanics Worry About Long-Term Care

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A new poll shows nearly one in five Hispanics has not discussed the kind of care they want as they get older. (Photo: Getty Images)

By Kevin Freking, Matt Hamilton, Associated Press

When it comes to planning for old age, Hispanics in California worry much more than whites about their ability to pay for care they may need and the prospect that they will be left alone without family and friends.

55 percent of Hispanics worry about paying for care, versus 37 percent of whites.

Yet, Hispanics are also more reticent to discuss plans for long-term care with their families, a new poll indicated. Fewer than one in five California Hispanics have discussed with a loved one the type of living assistance they would want, compared with nearly half of whites, according to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

California’s diverse aging population gives researchers the opportunity to better understand how various demographic groups deal with the issues of long-term care, which involves a range of services, from getting help from a health care aide at home to moving into a nursing home. Continue reading