Chicago, June 10, 2014—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public
Affairs Research has released an issue brief containing results of a survey
on long-term care in California. With a particular focus on demographics, the issue brief provides new data on how Californians are,
or are not, planning for long-term care and their views on the role of family. This
information is vital as policymakers are currently grappling with how to plan
for and finance high-quality long-term care in the United States.
“This issue brief takes a focused look at long-term care attitudes and
experiences in this large and diverse state,” said
Trevor Tompson, director of the AP-NORC Center. “Among several growing minority
groups including Hispanics and foreign-born Californians, the survey reveals
greater levels of concern about many aspects of aging and lower levels of
planning for long-term care relative to other Californians.”
As part of a national survey, the AP-NORC Center conducted 485
interviews with a representative sample of California adults who are at least
40 years old. Funding for the survey was provided by The SCAN Foundation.
Key findings from the study include:
About the Survey
Nearly two-thirds of Californians age 40 or
older say they will need long-term care someday, yet the majority have done
little or no planning for their own long-term care needs.
Across demographic groups, a majority say they can rely on their
family as they age, with differences based on age and household composition.
Compared to the rest of the country, however, fewer Californians say they have
discussed their long-term care planning needs with loved ones.
- Similar to the rest of the country, Californians age 40 or older
are more likely to have planned for their death than for long-term care—yet
there are sharp differences across demographic groups in long-term care
- Hispanics and those born outside of the United States express
greater concern than others about a number of aspects of aging.
- Confidence in one’s ability to pay for long-term care is lower
among foreign-born Californians, those who are younger, and women.
- Among California’s caregivers, most acknowledge the stress of
providing care to family or close friends, but overall they remain positive
about the experience. Differences emerge based on a number of socioeconomic
While 6 in 10 Californians age 40 or older expect a loved one to
need care in the next five years, non-Hispanic whites, U.S.-born Californians,
and those in higher-income households are much more likely than others to have
planned for their loved one’s care.
- Polarization on some long-term care policies is greater among
partisans in California than among partisans in the rest of the country, yet
Democrats, Republicans, and independents agree on the extent to which
individuals and families should be responsible for care costs relative to the
government and insurers.
The survey was conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs
Research. The survey was conducted from March 13 through April 23, 2014. It was
funded by The SCAN Foundation. This random-digit-dial (RDD) survey of the 50
states and the District of Columbia was conducted via telephone with 1,745
adults age 40 and older. In households with more than one adult 40 or older, we
used a process that randomly selected which eligible adult would be
interviewed. The sample included 1,340 respondents on landlines and 405
respondents on cell phones. The sample also included oversamples of
Californians and Hispanics 40 years and older. The sample includes 485
residents of California ages 40 and older and 458 Hispanics from the 50 states
and the District of Columbia ages 40 and older. Interviews were conducted in
both English and Spanish, depending on respondent preference. All interviews
were completed by professional interviewers who were carefully trained on the
specific survey for this study. The overall margin of error for the
national sample is +/- 3.6 percentage points, including the design effect resulting
from the complex sample design. The overall margin of error for the California
sample is +/-5.3 percentage points, and the overall margin of error for the
Hispanic sample is +/-6.8 percentage points.
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headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices in the University of
Chicago campus, the D.C. Metro area, Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco. NORC
also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research
operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with
government agencies, foundations, education institutions, nonprofit
organizations, and businesses to provide data and analysis that support
informed decision making in key areas including health, education, crime,
justice, and energy. NORC’s more than 70 years of leadership and experience in
data collection, analysis, and dissemination—coupled with deep subject matter
expertise—provides the foundation for effective solutions to issues confronting
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