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Survey reports boomers are upbeat about aging

August 15, 2012
by Sandra Hoban
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While older Americans are concerned about their finances and health outlook, they are generally upbeat and positive about growing older, according to the results of a survey conducted by The National Council on Aging (NCOA) , UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY.

In the survey, seniors, age 60 and up, were asked about their outlook and preparedness for aging.  The survey had 2,250 respondents from various geographic areas and across gender, ethnic and economic statuses.

The results show that although finances and their health outlook are of concern for older Americans, they accept the inevitabilities of aging with a positive outlook.

However, boomers were not confident that community services are in place or in development to help them maintain health and independence, as the national findings indicate.

In a statement, Rhonda Randall, DO, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, said: “With appropriate preventive care and lifestyle changes, growing older doesn’t have to mean living with chronic diseases and disability.”

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