Longitudinal Follow-Up of Long-Term Care Planning Using PlanYourLifespan.org

Vanessa Ramirez-Zohfeld, Anne Seltzer, Ana Ramirez, Ruqayyah Muhammad, Lee A. Lindquist*

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Many older adults wish to age-in-place but do not have long-term care plans for when they may require more assistance. PlanYourLifespan.org (PYL) is an evidence-based tool that helps older adults understand and plan for their long-term care needs. We examined the long-term effects of PYL use on user perceptions and planning of long-term care services. Individuals who previously accessed PYL were invited to complete an online, nation-wide mixed methodology survey about end-user outcomes related to PYL. Among 115 completed surveys, users found PYL helpful with long-term planning for their future needs. Over half of website users reported having conversations with others because of PYL use. However, 40% of respondents reported not having a conversation with others about their plans; common themes for barriers to planning included procrastination and a lack of immediate support needs. Although PYL helps with planning, many people are still not communicating their long-term care plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-540
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021


  • advance care planning interventions
  • advance health events
  • aging-in-place
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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