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Retirement Saving and Long-Term Care Needs: An Overview

Alexis Ahlstrom, Anne Tumlinson, Emily Clements, J. Mark Iwry, Jeanne Lambrew, Peter R. Orszag, and William G. Gale


The nation is aging: The elderly population is expected to more than double by 2030. Yet many households — likely to be somewhere between one-quarter and one-half — are not saving adequately for income and health care needs during retirement. One of the difficult challenges in saving for retirement is the substantial uncertainty associated with long-term care, which can impose massive costs on those who have not insured against the risk. This overview paper documents trends affecting financial security during retirement; examines the financing of long-term care; and then explores the role of pension saving in preparing for financial needs, including long-term care.



Jeanne Lambrew

Associate Professor, University of Texas School of Public Affairs

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