Concerns about Aging in America
As baby boomers reach retirement age, there are more concerns about aging. Thoughts that didn’t occur twenty years ago, now take over. AARP conducted a survey to tap into the issues that important about aging in America.
Using a phone survey, AARP contacted over 29,000 adults over 50. People were asked about their dreams for the future, challenges they face, important issues facing those 50 plus, and financial concerns. The survey was conducted in all fifty states.
It was no surprise travel remains a major retirement goal. When asked what was the one thing they would like to do most, 38 percent responded with travel. That was followed by 15 percent responding hobbies and leisure activities and 13 percent wanting to see family members. The remaining 17 percent listed spirituality, good health and work.
When asked what was the number one issue facing older adults, 41 percent of respondents said health care issues, which included the related costs and staying healthy. That was closely followed by 35 percent stating economic issues. The final issues consisted of managing time, transportation, values and politics.
When asked about the importance of a list of items, respondents provided the following: 96 percent believe staying healthy is extremely important, 94 percent list staying mentally sharp, 91 percent think adequate health care, 88 percent want time to spend with family and friends. Additional items that were listed as important are receiving Social Security, and Medicare.
With baby boomer reaching retirement age, there are two, maybe three generations that are seniors. They all share many of the same concerns about aging in America.