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Approximately 56% of Americans aged 57 to 61 will have a nursing home stay during their remaining lifetime, according to an longitudinal analysis of data from the Health and Retirement Study. Earlier estimates by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projected that 35% of older Americans would have a nursing home stay at some point after age 57.

These findings were reported in "Distribution of Lifetime Nursing Home Use and of Out-of-Pocket Spending," by Michael D. Hurd, Pierre-Carl Michaud, and Susann Rohwedder. The researchers analyzed data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) sponsored . . .

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