Skip to main content

New Survey Reveals Americans’ Fears About Aging

Photo credit: Kris Arciaga

The survey finds access to healthcare isn't the only things that people worry about as they get older. Shirley Ruiz is shown at the Senior Dental Center at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in San Diego, on Feb. 15, 2017.

A new survey reveals most people think America is not well prepared to take care of its seniors.

There is no generation gap when it comes to people's biggest worries about aging.

A new survey from the La Jolla-based West Health Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago reveal losing one's memory, developing health problems, and not having financial security were the biggest worries across all age groups.

The nationwide survey polled more than 3,000 adults over the age of 30.

Dr. Zia Agha, West Health's chief medical officer, said a majority of those surveyed think we’re not doing the right things to address their concerns about aging.

“That tells us that we need to think differently and act differently if we a going to be able to address the needs of this population.”

The survey also reveals that having adequate health care isn’t the only thing people say they need access to as they approach their senior years.

The survey finds a majority of Americans say they also want access to healthy food, affordable housing and transportation.

“These other areas are often neglected, and are often not considered valuable," Agha explained. "So I think we need to double down on resources that are needed to ensure that most seniors in most communities have access to these other supportive systems.”

The pressure to provide these services will likely increase as baby boomers age.

About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.