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Minnesota Finds Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults More Likely to Anticipate Future Long-Term Care Needs

In January, a University of Minnesota School of Public Health study in Health Affairs found that 60 percent of middle-aged adult Americans (ages 40-65) think they are unlikely to need care, while in reality only 30 percent will not need care.

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[Photo: Ms. Carrie Henning-Smith]

A new study from the School of Public Health shows that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults were more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to believe they’d need long-term care in the future. Prior to this study, little was known about how expectations around long-term care vary by sexual orientation.

The findings were published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

Key findings:

“These study findings could help policymakers better predict who is planning for future health care needs and who isn’t and to target educational campaigns effectively,” said Ms. Carrie Henning-Smith, lead author and PhD candidate in the School of Public Health. “They can also be used to estimate the unique care needs and planning behaviors of LGB adults.”