January 4, 1999


The senior boom is one of the central challenges of the coming century. If we face these challenges together and make them our top priorities, if we make the efforts I have described today, then we can prove what no generation in history has had the opportunity to prove -- that the infirmities of age need not be the indignities of age.

President Bill Clinton
January 4, 1999

Today, President Clinton, joined by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Tipper Gore, will unveil an historic four-part initiative to support Americans of all ages with long-term care needs and the millions of family members who care for them.

Millions Of Americans Need Long-Term Care. Over five million Americans have significant limitations due to illness or disability and require long-term care. Approximately two-thirds of these individuals are older Americans. Millions of adults and a growing number of children have long-term care needs because of health condition from birth or a chronic illness developed later in life and with the number of Americans age 65 and older and 85 or older projected to double by 2030, long-term care is a need that will grow in the 21st Century.

An Historic Initiative To Help Families Care For Those Who Need Long-Term Care. The President is unveiling a four-part initiative that is designed to address the broad-based and varied long-term care needs of Americans. It will: (1) provide immediate support and assistance for the millions of Americans who care for family members with major long-term care needs; (2) educate the elderly and people with disabilities about long-term care issues and options; and (3) promote new promising strategies for long-term care policy for the 21st century. The President is also asking the Vice President to host a series of forums around the nation to raise awareness about the need to support family caregivers and address the growing need for long-term care options. The long-term care proposal being unveiled today by the President and Vice President includes:

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