In its fourth year, the 2015 United States of Aging Survey comprised 1,650 telephone interviews, including nationally representative samples of Americans 60 and older and professionals who work closely with them. Professionals included staff from the Area Agencies on Aging, credit union managers, primary care physicians and pharmacists. In addition to the national sample, older adults in Cincinnati and Denver were also surveyed.
Full Data Results
Older adults in Cincinnati are concerned about how prepared the city is for the rapidly growing population of older adults.
- Ninety percent feel very or somewhat ready for the process of aging themselves, but only 49 percent believe the city is doing enough to prepare for the growing number of older adults in the community.
- Thirty-eight percent say better public transportation is the most important thing their community could do to make it easier for them to get around, yet only 56 percent find public transportation “acceptable” at best, including one-third rating it as poor.
Older Americans in Cincinnati want to stay in their homes, but express concerns about their community’s ability to help them do so as they age.
- Seventy percent intend to continue living in their current homes, and 34 percent say they have faced challenges with home maintenance.
- Fifty-one percent anticipate needing help with home maintenance as they age, and only 30 percent say their community has the ability to help them.
- Older adults in Cincinnati have already made some home improvements, such as:
- Bathroom upgrades (45 percent)
- Emergency alert system installation (23 percent)
Older adults in Cincinnati feel most strongly about the role of family, friends and faith for support as they age.
- Sixty-five percent say that family is their most important support group, followed by friends (13 percent) and people from their faith community (8 percent).
- Fourteen percent turn to their family and friends for advice when seeking out support and services that are available to them as they age.
- Twenty-one percent cite a loving family as one of the top reasons for having a positive outlook on life.