Health Among Top Issues That Matter Most to African Americans

In January 2011, AARP interviewed Americans 50 and older from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. We asked about their dreams as they think about what is next in their life as well as the challenges they see themselves facing.

Staying healthy tops the list for African American/Black respondents in the Voices of the 50+ America: Dreams & Challenges study, with staying mentally sharp, having adequate health insurance coverage, and receiving Medicare benefits very close behind. African Americans/Blacks face health issues including high blood pressure and obesity, so for many the importance of staying healthy is grounded in health challenges they already face.

The infographic below has a more complete summary of the health issues that matter most to African Americans/blacks age 50 and over.

AA Age 50+ Health Issues-REVISED Final-2-9-14

For more information about this research, contact: Vicki Gelfeld, AARP Research, vgelfeld@aarp.org; Yuko Araki, Multicultural Markets & Engagement, yaraki@aarp.org; or Manjushree Majhi, AARP Research,  mmajhi@aarp.org.

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