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This April 16 handout photo shows Andrea Vassel of Mary Washington Healthcare as she explains the benefits of an advance directive at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day. A poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found people 40 and older underestimate their chances of needing long-term care and aren't doing enough to prepare. But about 47 percent say they have created an advance directive. (AP Photo/Mary Washington Healthcare)

Poll: Aging U.S. in denial about long-term care need

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- We're in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older - and are taking few steps to get ready.

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and JENNIFER AGIESTA

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- We're in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older - and are taking few steps to get ready.

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