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Poll: Nearly half of adults 50+ are currently trying to lose weight

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthRecently, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and that, among those 50 years and older with resolutions, 25% are working on health/fitness goals–the largest category by far. We’ve found this focus on health and fitness in a variety of other research too. For example, AARP research shows that when many people are turning 50, they set a goal to lose weight and get in shape before that big day. In an AARP  study of conversations online about 50th birthdays, losing …

Resolutions poll: Are you keeping your goals?

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeIt’s February of a new year, and for many that means starting to see some results from those January resolutions. And for some others…perhaps it means starting to slip on those January resolutions. How have you guys been doing? I don’t do resolutions myself, and somewhat to my surprise, I am not alone. In fact, I’m in the majority! According to an AARP survey we conducted in December, only 37% of US adults say they set goals at the beginning …

What Is a ‘Real’ Vacation?

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThis would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define “vacation” differently. For some it’s simply days off — not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away — traveling — to someplace different than home. I’ve encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I …

Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Pass Your Muster?

Posted on 01/12/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama came out of the fiscal cliff battles with the public relations victory, but it’s a bit like winning the blue ribbon at the county fair with a pig so stinky no one even wants to look at it. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 3–6 among 1,003 adults, finds that 48 percent approve of Obama’s handling of the year-end negotiations, while only 19 percent approve of …

Are You Losing Faith in the American Dream?

Posted on 01/10/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen it comes to the question of young people having a better life than their parents, older Americans are short on confidence in the American dream. Just 49 percent of American adults think that today’s youth are likely to have a better life than their parents, down from 66 percent in 2008, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. And only 45 percent of Americans 55 and older believe that life will be better for today’s youth. Susan MacManus, a …

Poll: Half of Americans Prefer TV News; Older Adults Pay Closest Attention

Posted on 10/10/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayTelevision is still the preferred news source for half of Americans, though it may not retain its dominance for long. While about 60 percent of older adults prefer TV news, just 34 percent of 18 to 35-year-olds say it’s their top choice, with 55 percent of this younger cohort preferring Internet news sources. And that’s far from the only generational difference in news preferences and interest. According to a recent Harris Interactive poll, the age groups differ not only in their preferred news sources but in the ways they consume and pay attention to news, as well.