|Have Americans Reached a New Era of Optimism about Aging?|
19/06/2012 03:40 (339 Day 17:18 minutes ago)
The FINANCIAL -- With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day – and according to new research released, a majority of them expect to live to nearly 90 – the celebration of older Americans is a developing trend, and more people are aspiring to live longer and better than ever before.
As part of Pfizer’s mission to improve the health and well-being of people at every stage of life, the company is launching Get Old, a multi-year initiative supported by nearly a dozen advocacy organizations. The goal of Get Old is to amplify the conversation on aging and learn more about how Americans at all ages are tackling aging for themselves, their family and society. At the center of the initiative is a first-of-its-kind online community, GetOld.com, where people can get and share information, add to the dialogue and contribute to the growing body of knowledge about this important topic. This critical information will help inform the unmet needs related to aging and what role the company and its partners can play to help people live longer and better lives.
"There’s a huge opportunity to support the shift that’s underway. At GetOld.com, we want to hear what people want and need to live better and healthier and create a forum for dialogue on what it means to ‘get old’ today.”
Those who feel aging is better than expected cite good health (74 percent), wisdom (72 percent) and greater appreciation for friends and family (72 percent) as the top reasons.
51 percent of all people surveyed think they look younger than their age, and 40 percent of all people think they are wiser than their age.
Given a list of lifetime achievements, those 18 to 34 (45 percent) rank having $1 million first, while those over 65 would rather see their grandchild graduate (48 percent).
64 percent of those over 65 are more afraid of losing independence or living with pain or physical limitations than of dying (7 percent).
Only 25 percent of those over 65 would want to live with a younger relative if they could no longer care for themselves, despite the fact that 51 percent of those 18 to 65 would accept having a parent live with them.
More respondents (33 percent) believe that people who live in rural areas age better than those living in urban areas (7 percent).