A new survey reveals the biggest concerns of Americans as they start creeping up in years.
The poll of more than 3,000 adults finds that Americans’ three biggest worries about aging include losing their memory, developing health problems and not having financial security. Those three were the concern of a whopping 70% of people, with losing one’s independence (63%) and having to move in to a nursing home (56%) also big concerns.
On the plus side, most people realize that age is just a number and people say the most common signs of old age include not being able to live on their own (79%), not being able to drive (65%) and not being able to do anything to improve their health (62%). Numbers aren’t nearly as important, with only 31% of people saying that turning 65 is a sign of getting old, while 23% say no longer being sexually active is a sign, and 18% say it’s when you retire from work.
Most people are okay with the idea of growing old. More than half of those polled say they are somewhat optimistic about aging, with 20% saying they are actually somewhat excited about it.
Source: West Health