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Press Release - Perry Urges Texans Age 45 to 65 to Begin Planning for Long-Term Care

Location: Austin, TX

Press Release - Perry Urges Texans Age 45 to 65 to Begin Planning for Long-Term Care

Healthy Active Lifestyles Also Important as Texans Age

Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texas is one of six states selected by the federal Department of Health and Human Services to participate in a long-term care planning promotion campaign called "Own Your Future."

"This campaign will focus on encouraging Texans age 45 to 65 to begin thinking about their long-term care needs, such as long-term care insurance, legal decisions about major life decisions, physical fitness and retirement savings," Perry said. "It's never too soon to prepare for long-term care."

"Own Your Future" is an aggressive campaign the federal Department of Health and Human Services developed to promote long-term care planning among state residents.

Perry said the importance of planning for later years is underscored by the fact that only 8 percent of older Texans today report personal savings as their largest source of income and that one in three Americans provide unpaid care for a friend or a relative over the course of a year.

"In addition, many people mistakenly believe that Medicare will meet all their long-term care needs," Perry said. "This is not the case, and if a Texan age 65 or older develops a disability while living in the community, they can expect to pay an average of $175,000 over the remainder of their lives on care for that disability."

Perry also highlighted the importance of Texans leading active, healthy lifestyles because poor diet and physical inactivity are on the verge of replacing tobacco use as the leading preventable cause of death.

"Texas is working to combat preventable illness with the Aging Texas Well Initiative, which is aimed at ensuring Texans age with dignity and independence," he added. "In addition, programs like the Texas Roundup and Texercise are designed to help improve the health and well-being of millions of Texans, ensuring a healthy lifestyle as each of us advance in age."

Texans can get a long-term care planning tool kit from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, or by calling 866-PLAN-LTC (866-752-6582) to discuss their long-term care needs.

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