Most Fear Being a Burden, but Not Dying

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 15 (UPI) — Most Americans do not fear dying after a long-term illness, but they do fear being a burden, a U.S. survey indicates.

The survey of 2,939 U.S. consumers by Harris Interactive, sponsored by Genworth Financial companies, says 55 percent say they fear being a burden on their family if they could no longer care for themselves, but few discuss long-term care with their families.

The survey says 24 percent worry they will end up in a nursing home, 12 percent fear they will deplete their savings, but only 10 percent fear dying.

Ninety-two percent of spouses or partners say they had not discussed all long-term care issues with each other; 95 percent of parents say they had not discussed aging issues with their adult children, and 96 percent say they have not discussed these issues with their parents.

The survey was conducted Jan. 12-15 and is representative of the entire U.S. population of consumers age 18 and older.

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