At least 70 percent of Americans over age 65 will need some form of long-term care services and support during their lives. In Duval County, 11.1 percent of the population – or almost 96,000 people – are 65 and older. Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties total about 67,000 residents over 65.
Based on the 70 percent expectation, more than 114,000 Jacksonville area residents might need such services.
Genworth Financial Services Inc. calculated the median costs of care and found that they are higher in the Jacksonville area than the state, based on a survey of home care and adult day health care providers, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. It did not expand on why local averages exceeded state numbers.
A larger percentage, 17.3 percent, of the state’s population is age 65 and older – or 3.2 million people, according to the 2010 Census. Florida’s median age is 41.6.
Duval, the largest county in Northeast Florida, and Baker and Clay have younger populations than Florida. Duval’s is 36.5; Baker is 37.2 and Clay is 38.6.
St. Johns (42.8) and Nassau (45) counties are older.
Genworth also says costs are rising.