Are You Losing Faith in the American Dream?

When 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

Television 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.

Current Retirees Optimistic About Finances and Future

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.

Celebrate Good Times…Waukegan!

Hi there blog readers – Jenn from the communications team reporting on some of the AARP activities that are going on in Waukegan, Illinois this month. At times AARP can seem like a ginormous organization but did you know that we have offices in all 50 states? Each of those state offices is doing really cool things on a local level. Fom advocacy to community based activities we’re there and we hope you’ll join us! This month in Waukegan longtime …

The Takeaway: Good and Bad In New U.S. Obesity Data; Adults Want To Be Like Betty

Public health officials seem to agree that America's obesity rate is 'leveling off' or 'plateauing,' and that recent health and fitness pushes have had some effect. And a new poll conducted by MIT's AgeLab found Betty White"”who turned 90 yesterday"”is the celebrity middle-aged and older adults most want to be like when they retire.

The Takeway: Half of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana; Would You Trust a Robo-Surgeon?

When Gallup first asked about marijuana legalization, in 1969, just 12 percent of Americans favored it. Now 50 percent do, according to a new Gallup poll.