Boomers Not Confident Aging Successfully in Their Communities

Many baby boomers are not confident their communities will help them age successfully. According to a United States of Aging Survey, more than a quarter of boomer respondents in their 60s say they’re not confident that their community will have all of the resources and services they need to help them be healthy and independent over the next five to ten years.

While the majority of respondents (60%) strongly agree they feel safe walking in their communities, the same amount (60%) never walk to places they regularly go.

Among the community limitations boomers may contend with is lack of safe, reliable transportation. Only half of survey respondents feel their community offers a high-quality public transportation service.

26% of seniors reported mix feelings about the impact their community has on their health.

50% of respondents indicated that their community helps them live and happy and healthy life.

42% said their community has no bearing on their health or happiness.

70% of respondents say the past year of their life has been normal or better than normal, and more than 75% of seniors aged 60-61 expect their quality of life to stay the same or get better over the next five to ten years.

A significant minority of respondents feel less secure: about one in four report trouble with current monthly living expenses; one-third say they will not be able to afford future long-term care services; and 72% of those who make less than $30,000 per year live with a chronic health condition.

To access full survey findings, including results for seniors in Dallas, Miami, Milwaukee, Orange County, Calif., and upstate New York, visit the newsroom at www.UnitedHealthGroup.com or www.ncoa.org/UnitedStatesofAging.

 

Sources: National Council on Aging (NCOA), UnitedHealthcare, and USA TODAY 

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