Texas had been selected by the federal Department of Health and Human Services to participate in an extensive health campaign.The initiative, called "Own your future" carries a potent message; to encourage the planning of care strategies among state residents.
Gov Perry while announcing the details of the campaign said, "This campaign will focus on encouraging Texans age 45 to 65 to begin thinking about their long-term care needs, such as long-term care insurance, legal decisions about major life decisions, physical fitness and retirement savings. It's never too soon to prepare for long-term care."
Underlining the importance of planning for the sunset years, Perry revealed statistics that show that only 8 percent of older Texans can really dip into their personal savings as a main source of income. He said," In addition, many people mistakenly believe that Medicare will meet all their long-term care needs. This is not the case, and if a Texan age 65 or older develops a disability while living in the community, they can expect to pay an average of $175,000 over the remainder of their lives on care for that disability."