The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the National Council on Aging and UnitedHealthcare, through the United States of Aging Survey, examines older Americans perspectives, as well as the views of professionals who work with older Americans, on various issues important to our aging population. Findings from the 2015 survey are quite interesting.
-For adults 60 and older the top three concerns are physical health, loss of memory and mental health. For professionals the top concerns they have for elder Americans are financial scams, affordable housing and loss of memory.
-Almost half of all seniors feel they will be able to cope with healthcare costs. Sixty two percent of professionals indicate that they do not feel seniors will in fact be able to pay for their health care costs.
-Both older adults and professionals feel that communities support a good quality of life for seniors, but only 47% of seniors and 37% of professionals say that enough is being done to get ready for retiring baby boomers.
-Professionals are also very concerned about seniors not having enough disposable income and being vulnerable to financial scams. Very concerning is the fact that only 19% of older adults feel they will need support managing finances while 86% of professionals feel that this is needed.