Study shows many older adults feel they are prepared for aging.
Ten thousand baby boomers are turning 65 every day, and the demographics of America are changing. The United States of Aging Survey is designed to create a deeper understanding of how older adults view the issues of aging. And there is good news. A study done with 1,650 adults age 60 and older found that a full 86% of them felt they are prepared for the process of aging. Forty-two percent of those studied described themselves as “very prepared” for aging.
Some of the other findings of this study are very interesting as well. Forty-three percent of the study respondents were “very confident” that they would be able to afford the health care costs that come with age. Forty percent of those studied said that what they were most concerned about was preserving their physical health, while more than 35% of the total were concerned about maintaining their mental health.
Fifty-eight percent of those studied said they had not moved to a different home in more than 20 years, and 3 out of 4 of them said they hoped to live in their current homes for the rest of their lives.
Another interesting finding of this study is that 47% of the older adults felt that their communities were doing “enough” to prepare for the coming needs of baby boomers who are entering their retirement years.
The findings of this study suggest that baby boomers who are becoming senior citizens are optimistic about what the future holds for them, and they expect to live healthy and fulfilling lives. At Lincolnshire Health Care Center, we plan to be part of that bright future.