For the third year of The United States of Aging Survey, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY conducted a survey of 3,279 U.S. adults to examine seniors’ attitudes on a range of issues such as health, finances, and community support. The survey results provide insight on how U.S. seniors are preparing for their later years and what communities can do to better support an increasing, longer-living senior population.
- More than one third of seniors (37 percent) say they exercise every day compared with 26 percent in 2013, and 39 percent say they rely on themselves for the motivation to live a healthy lifestyle.
- For many seniors, high activity levels correspond to a positive perspective on life. Seniors who exercise daily are much more likely than those who never exercise to say the past year of their life has been better than normal rather than worse (28 percent compared with 15 percent).
- Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) find it easy to pay monthly bills, compared with 66 percent in 2013 and 64 percent in 2012.
- Younger seniors are the most concerned about community support as they age: Nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) seniors ages 60-64 feel their communities are not doing enough to plan for the growing senior population.