Narrator: This is Science Today. A new study finds that nearly a million adults in this country who need help with two or more activities essential to daily living, must do without assistance. Study leader Mitch LaPlante, a professor of social and behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, says there's more emphasis these days on allowing people to live in the community.
LaPlante: But there's actually very few studies of how well people's needs are being met who live in the community. So this is really a first in terms of describing how well people's needs are being met.
Narrator: Essential needs include eating, bathing and dressing. LaPlante says when such needs are inadequately met in the community, people are at greater risk of being institutionalized, regardless of their age.
LaPlante: This study should provide people who are in the position of working with people to live in the community to make sure of that that they are guaranteed the level of help that they really need in order to thrive in the community.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.