Join or Renew With AARP for Just $16 a Year
- Discounts on travel and everyday savings
- Subscription to AARP The Magazine
- A voice in Washington and in your community
- Free membership for your spouse or partner
Life is good? Most retirees think so, at least according to one new survey. Conducted by USA Today, UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging, the poll of Americans age 60 and older found a surprising amount of optimism in a cohort often painted as scared, sad and struggling.
A new survey of Americans’ attitudes about aging yielded some fascinating — and surprising — nuggets, including the fact that more than half of us think we look younger than our age, 70 percent of those over 65 say they’re more active than their parents were, and most of us say age 38 was when we first “felt our age.” As for our role models in aging well: Celebs Betty White and George Clooney get the top votes. The survey …
Remember about a week ago when I shared an article about optimism being linked to health? Well, here’s a Reuters piece on a study that shows that baby boomers are not very optimistic about their chances of retiring. A whopping 41 percent of survey respondents (who were Americans who turned 50 this year) said they don’t think they will ever be financially stable enough to retire – and even more shockingly, 23 percent said they have not even started saving. …
Today an article in the Washington Post’s Health column takes a look at a recent study published in the journal “Circulation” that shows that people with a more positive outlook on life tend to be healthier than their “pessimistic counterparts.” Specifically, the study found that optimists are 9 percent less likely to develop heart disease and 14 percent less likely to die from any cause. The columnist even points out that sure, wealthier, more educated, more in shape people probably …
A recent study shows that older people tend to have more realistic expectations for the future.