FAIRFAX, VA circa 1997 - 20 years ago, I was just graduating from George Mason University with a degree in accounting, ready to one day to take the CPA exam. I was full of ghost stories about how difficult the CFP® exam was. I heard it was "full of math," divided into 10 sections and even for an accounting graduate - admittedly, I wasn't the top of my class - entirely too hard to even consider. What I didn't know was the CFP® exam was in my future.
For most of us the conversation isn’t whether or not we’ll need long term care, but rather when. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services as many as 70% of those turning 65 years of age are likely to require long-term care, meaning that it probably makes sense to start planning for this as an eventuality rather than a possibility.
As we age, the odds of incurring an injury or major illness that will prevent us from performing simple daily functions increase substantially. Today, one in three people over the age of 65 will require assisted care of some sort. Past age 75 the odds increase to where one in two will need nursing care.