Older Americans Are Exercising More

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 according to the United States of Aging Survey.2014-07-26_10-48-10

Now in its third year, the study explores different perspectives on ageing preparedness. It comprised 3,279 telephone interviews, including nationally representative samples of Americans 60 and older and adults 18-59.

Other Key Findings:

  • 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.

To download the report in various formats, visit this page.