Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Optimism among the Aging

Recently, a national telephone survey was conducted of 2,250 Americans over the age of 60, aptly titled the “United States of Aging”.  As over 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 with each passing day, it becomes even more important to understand the needs and attitudes of the elderly.  The results showcased a surprising trend of optimism among the participants when it came to future quality of life.  Some key findings:

·         Seniors and baby boomers expect their lives to improve as they grow older.

·         A significant minority of respondents feel less secure: about 1 in 4 report trouble with current monthly living expenses.

·         Perceptions of community services for older Americans differ--boomers are less confident than older respondents that their community will provide the services they need.

Two-thirds of Americans aged 65 and older depend on Medicare.  However, of the respondents aged 60 to 64, one in four are not confident that they will be able to afford the costs associated with Medicare (deductibles, premiums, and copays) in future years.  Half of older Americans report having someone they consider to be a caregiver in their lives, and almost to one-third of seniors say that they themselves serve as a caregiver for someone else.

Are you optimistic Medicare will be there when you need it?  What are the biggest challenges facing the aging in this country today?

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