The United States of Aging Survey 2013
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What matters most to seniors in the United States? [ JPG ] [ PDF ]

Are today’s older adults ready for the realities of aging in America? Are America’s communities ready to meet the needs of the rapidly growing senior population?

In its second year, NCOA, UnitedHealthcare, and USA TODAY surveyed 4,000 U.S. adults to examine what underlies American seniors’ perspectives on aging, and how the country can better prepare for a booming senior population.

Key Findings

  • When asked what’s most important to maintaining a high quality of life in their senior years, staying connected to friends and family was the top choice of 4 in 10 seniors, ahead of having financial means (30%).

  • Seniors focused on taking care of their health are more optimistic about aging: nearly two-thirds (64%) of optimistic seniors have set one or more specific goals to manage their health in the past 12 months, compared with 47% of the overall senior population.

  • Most seniors (71%) feel the community they live in is responsive to their needs, but less than half (49%) believe their community is doing enough to prepare for the future needs of the growing senior population.

Survey Details

Get detailed national survey findings, as well as data on several subsets of respondents.

National Results

Results by Audience 

Results by City

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