The AARP surveyed over 2,000 Americans aged 60+ to learn about outlooks on aging. Highlights from the 2012 results indicate that while seniors are optimistic about aging, extra support from communities can make healthy living a day-to-day reality.
Attitudes About Aging
The majority of respondents are optimistic about their current life stage and getting older
Almost 90% of seniors plan to age-in-place, or continue to live in their current homes for the next decade
The 60%+ of respondents who were employed reported that their work felt productive and enjoyable
Community services meet everyday needs for the majority of seniors
Most individuals over the age of 70 do not find it very easy to live independently
Almost two in ten Americans aged 70 and older need assistance to accomplish daily tasks
Seniors 70 and older are most often being treated for health complications including high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis
Medicaid and other health services provide long-term care services for 20% of seniors
Many seniors are uncertain about their long-term financial future
Over 20% of respondents do not have a realistic financial plan for their future
Read more details from the study on AARP’s website.