Report: Status of Women in the States Reveals Long-Term Care Challenges

The new report “Status of Women in the States” takes a look at older women across the country and by state including demographics, opportunities, health, and employment and earnings. Some of the findings are relevant to ALFA’s data collection on long-term living issues related to workforce development, operational excellence, consumer choice and quality care through its Senior Living 2025 initiative.

  • Nearly all women and men aged 65 and older (99%) have health insurance coverage. Women are two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries aged 85 and older (Kaiser Family Foundation).
  • On average, older women spend more than twice as much as older mean on long-term services and supports. Women also have higher out-of-pocket annual expenses than older mean with the difference in expenses the largest among women and mean 85 and older (Kaiser Family Foundation).
  • In the United States overall slightly less than half of older women report they get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week outside of their jobs. Oregonians are most likely to get that amount while older women in Mississippi are the least likely.
  • The median annual earnings of women 65 and older who work full-time in the United States is $37,000. Older women earn 72.5 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts.