Last week, we wrote about “Living Better, Aging Well” in recognition of World Arthritis Day (October 12, 2013). When considering what it means to age well, it is important to consider what data is available to us describing how aging is perceived in the United States. For the second year, USA Today, the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and United Healthcare insurance surveyed U.S. adults for the United States of Aging Survey, published in July 2013. The survey contained a representative population sample from adults aged 18-59 and adults aged 60 and older. What this means, is that in comparison to the total population of adults in the U.S. who are in those age groups, a similar percentage of adults from each group were included in the 4,000 persons surveyed.
More than half of seniors surveyed indicated the importance of community connections, especially with family and friends. To learn more about what matters most to seniors in the United States, please see the infographic below, or click here.