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Senior Long-Term Care in Tennessee: Trends and Options

Authors: Susan Mattson and Tara Bergfeld


The number of Tennessee seniors 65 and older is expected to almost double from about 850,000 in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2030. This population change will result in significant growth in the demand for and potential cost of public long-term services and support programs for low income Tennessee seniors. The purpose of this report is to provide information on the projected growth and changing characteristics of Tennessee’s elderly population; the status of Tennessee’s primary long-term care programs; and key measures and policy options for policymakers’ consideration. The report is intended to provide objective analysis for state legislators to consider related to the state-funded long-term care programs.