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Despite Better Health, Demand for Long-Term Care Services Will Rise

People are in better shape than ever before as they age. An 80-year-old in the year 2005 is likely to be significantly healthier than an 80-year-old in 1985 or 1965. She has been the beneficiary of more efficacious medications, and improved medical and surgical treatments as she aged. But even with individuals being healthy, the sheer numbers of the advancing and aging army—the baby boomers—will create a massive demand for long-term care services over the next 30 years.

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