New Research Shows People over 50 Look Forward to Golden Years
With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day – and according to new research released today, a majority of them expect to live to nearly 90 – the celebration of older Americans is a developing trend, and more people are aspiring to live longer and better than ever before.
The latest research asked more than 1,000 Americans, who are 18 to 65+ years old, about how they feel about getting old. The results show that priorities and perceptions about aging shift over time.
Key findings include:
- More of those over 50 (41 percent) said they were “optimistic” about getting old as compared with “uneasy”, “angry” or “prepared”
- Those who feel aging is better than expected cite good health (74 percent), wisdom (72 percent) and greater appreciation for friends and family (72 percent) as the top reasons
- 51 percent of all people surveyed think they look younger than their age, and 40 percent of all people think they are wiser than their age
- Given a list of lifetime achievements, those 18 to 34 (45 percent) rank having $1 million first, while those over 65 would rather see their grandchild graduate (48 percent)
- 64 percent of those over 65 are more afraid of losing independence or living with pain or physical limitations than of dying (7 percent)
- Only 25 percent of those over 65 would want to live with a younger relative if they could no longer care for themselves, despite the fact that 51 percent of those 18 to 65 would accept having a parent live with them
- More respondents (33 percent) believe that people who live in rural areas age better than those living in urban areas (7 percent)
“Everyone brings a different perspective to the aging process. For many who face enormous health challenges, aging can be a source of dread,” said Andy Carter, President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America. “For others who are healthier or managing chronic conditions effectively, it is a positive experience. At the VNAA, we recognize the importance of engaging in this conversation as a way to shape our future programs and services to best serve the needs of all aging Americans.”
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With the support of leading organizations Easter Seals, International Longevity Center at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Men’s Health Network, National Alliance for Caregiving, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, National Consumers League, National Family Caregivers Association, Patient Advocate Foundation, Society for Women’s Health Research, Visiting Nurse Associations of America and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, Pfizer is asking people to join the conversation about aging at www.GetOld.com to help add to the ever-growing body of knowledge and insights about this important topic.
GetOld.com is unique in that it is allows people of all ages to discuss aging by sharing and viewing stories, photos, and videos about getting old, and the site provides people the opportunity to vote on how they feel about aging: Angry, Uneasy, Optimistic or Prepared. Current content – which may help address issues from the stress associated with caring for aging family members to the life perspective gained after facing serious illness – includes information from leading experts, partner groups and everyday people who are interested in joining the conversation.
About the Gallup & Robinson Research
This research was conducted within the U.S. by independent market research company Gallup & Robinson on behalf of Pfizer from May 3-8, 2012, among 1,017 participants age 18 or older. Sample recruitment matched 2010 Census data for gender, age range, annual household income range, ethnicity and U.S. region.