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Population of “oldest” population in nursing homes declining

A recent study addressed the fact that the oldest old (age 85+) in nursing homes is declining. While the number of people living age 85+ nearly doubled in the past 10 years, the number of people 85+ living in nursing homes remained about the same.

This article attributes the decrease to: wealthier older people who can afford alternatives; state efforts to increase the availability of funding for alternatives; continued development of alternatives; increased availability of private long term care insurance; and state and federal government initiatives.

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