Personality is tied to LTC use

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Seniors who are neurotic are more likely to receive care in a nursing home, according to research in The Milbank Quarterly.

Researchers examined data from 1,000 seniors participating in a Medicare demonstration project. These seniors were classified under five personality traits: neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness. 

Those grouped as neurotic were more than twice as likely to spend time in a nursing home, researchers found. These seniors are more likely to feel angry, anxious, depressed or vulnerable.