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 Denver and Cincinnati were also surveyed.
Full Data Results
Denver Key Findings
Older adults in Denver take a proactive approach to maintaining their mental and physical health as they age.
- To stay mentally sharp, older Americans in the Mile-High City place a high emphasis on eating a healthy diet (62 percent), keeping a positive attitude (51 percent), reading books (50 percent), maintaining an active social life (50 percent), getting enough sleep (49 percent) and exercising regularly (46 percent).
- Forty-nine percent visit cultural centers, 42 percent exercise in public and 62 percent report that they exercise more than two times per week or every day.
Older adults in Denver express confidence in current financial situations but concern about their financial future.
- Eighty-four percent are confident they will be able to afford health care costs as they age, and 75 percent find it easy to pay their monthly bills, yet 58 percent expressed concern about their savings and income being sufficient to last them for the rest of their lives.
- To help manage their finances, only 3 percent work with financial planners, yet 50 percent report taking advantage of discounts, 48 percent create a monthly budget and 43 percent save money.
Older Americans in Denver want to stay in their homes as they age, but have concerns about living independently.
- Fifty-seven percent have not changed residences in more than 20 years, and 74 percent say they intend to live in their current home for the rest of their lives.
- However, only 26 percent are interested in the expansion of services that would help them maintain and upgrade their homes.
- When asked what concerns they have about living independently, they are most concerned about losing their memory (43 percent), becoming a burden to others (39 percent) and not being able to get out of their house and/or drive (36 percent).