Perceptions About Social Issues Among African Americans/Blacks Age 50 and Over

In 2014, we conducted a study to examine the importance of key social issues facing African Americans/blacks who are age 50 and older, and also to gauge their optimism in regard to these social issues. The figures and associated infographic were recently updated.

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The key findings from the study show:

  • Access to high-quality health care and having a financially secure retirement are the most important issues facing age 50-plus African Americans/blacks.
  • The respondents are more optimistic that the country is moving in the right direction in regard to access to high-quality health care.
  • But there is less optimism that the country is moving in the right direction in regard to having a financially secure retirement.
  • Participants in the study age 75 and older are more optimistic than those ages 50-64 that the country is moving in the right direction about having a financially secure retirement.
  • Those with incomes less than $50,000 are more optimistic than those with incomes above that level that the country is moving in the right direction in regard to having a financially secure retirement.


Infographic: Social Issues Perceptions Among African Americans Age 50+

For more information, please contact: Vicki Gelfeld, AARP Research,, Yuko Araki, Multicultural Markets & Engagement,, or Manjushree Majhi, AARP Research,

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