If you've ever wondered about the finances of people receiving federally funded Medicare benefits - are they wealthy, poor or somewhere in between? - a new chart provides some clues.
This 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 asked in a meeting at my office last week how many have taken a two-week vacation, and no one replied affirmatively. They did say that two-week vacations are only when they go out of the country to places like Europe or Asia, and that those are not frequent.
Everyone wants to be happy - it's a no-brainer. But what is happiness? The Greek word for happiness is "eudaimonia" which means "having a guiding angel." In 1776, the Founding Fathers felt it important enough to mention the" pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence. By the 19th century, economists felt they could measure happiness in units of pleasure, but they learned that money could not buy happiness because a person with twice as much income as another was not necessarily two times happier. They learned that deep inner happiness was not measurable. Recently, AARP looked at measuring happiness on a three- point scale (very happy, pretty happy and not too happy) and other researchers have compared responses over time or among difference demographic groups or even countries. Trying to understand what makes people happy gives us an opportunity to help people achieve inner happiness and well-being.
Whenever we ask folks ages 50 and over what they are most looking forward to doing in their later years, more often than not their response is, "Travel!" Travel is the No. 1 aspiration of the 50-plus. People want to travel to experience new things and spend time with family and friends. It makes them feel happy and fulfilled.
More older Americans are in the workforce today than in 2007 when the recession started. And while experienced workers are faring better in the overall employment numbers compared to their younger counterparts, they still face many challenges in the current job market. Find out more about the current worker landscape below and what AARP is doing to help.
In the United States alone, 43.5 million Americans are caregivers. Although they do it out of love and obligation, it can pose many challenges for those that provide such care. See graphic below for details on caregiving in the US.
Via SeniorHomes.net, a great roundup of the statistics about baby boomers out right now. Check out that stat about boomers' mobile usage! We're less encouraged by the unemployment number. What do you think? Does this look about right?
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