In its third year, The United States of Aging Survey comprised 3,279 telephone interviews, including nationally representative samples of Americans 60 and older and adults 18-59. To explore different perspectives on aging preparedness, the 2014 survey oversampled key audiences, including low-income seniors (ages 60 and older with a household income of less than $15,000), socially-isolated seniors (ages 60 and older who live alone and express feelings of loneliness) and seniors from three different markets (ages 60 and older). Local markets for the 2014 survey included Cleveland, Dallas and Newark, N.J.

Key Findings

  • More than one third of seniors (37 percent) say they exercise every day compared with 26 percent in 2013, and 39 percent say they rely on themselves for the motivation to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • For many seniors, high activity levels correspond to a positive perspective on life. Seniors who exercise daily are much more likely than those who never exercise to say the past year of their life has been better than normal rather than worse (28 percent compared with 15 percent).
  • Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) find it easy to pay monthly bills, compared with 66 percent in 2013 and 64 percent in 2012.
  • Younger seniors are the most concerned about community support as they age: Nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) seniors ages 60-64 feel their communities are not doing enough to plan for the growing senior population.

Survey Details

2014 National Survey Results

2014 Survey Results by Audience

  • Low-Income Seniors and Socially-Isolated Seniors  PDF | PPT

2014 Survey Results by Region

  • Cleveland, Dallas, Newark, N.J.  PDF | PPT
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