Latinos: More Positive On Long-Term Care For Relatives, Friends

A majority of Latinos are positive about the prospects of having to provide long-term care for an elderly relative or friend and are less likely to think it would create stress, according to a new poll.

More than 9 in 10 Latinos age 40 or over said providing assistance to loved ones would be positive, compared to 82 percent of non-Latinos according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. And while 54 percent of non-Latino caregivers said they have experienced stress as ongoing caregivers to loved ones, only 36 percent of Hispanics said the same.

"It has been a way of life for us, and for many Hispanics, being able to care for a loved one or parent is gratifying because it's a way to fulfill what we have been raised to do," said Yanira Cruz, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging.

Six out of 10 Latinos polled said they had either provided, received or financed long-term care services, an issue of growing concern as the nation ages. Figures show 7 in 10 Americans will need long-term care at some point after they are 65.

The poll found only 1 in 10 Hispanics reported having done much planning for their long-term care, and only 1 in 5 was confident about the ability to pay for it if it was needed.

--The Associated Press