Aging Quiz - Answer

The vast majority of older adults will at some point end up in a nursing home

Answer: False - Contrary to myth, most older adults do not reside in a nursing home (more appropriately called a long-term care facility). In fact, only about 5 percent of older adults in the United States reside in a long-term care facility; 24 percent for those 85 or older. In addition, care facilities are no long a place where one goes simply to die. One of the primary services these facilities provide is short-term care following hospitalization for a serious injury or illness. In addition, facilities may provide short term respite care; a non-well older adult living with family may reside briefly in the facility to give the care-giving family a much needed vacation.

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