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About half of people turning age 65 will require some type of paid long-term care in their lifetimes. Women will need 3.7 years of care, on average, while males will need an average of 2.2 years. The cost of nursing-home care in a private room has passed the $100,000/year mark, and in major urban areas, the cost of care runs even higher than that. Yet despite those daunting figures--or possibly because of them--many people delay installing a long-term-care plan.

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