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Older Americans Look at Retirement Through a Different Prism

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The definition of retirement continues to change and evolve as Americans continue to live longer. A new nationwide poll of older adults, ages 65 to 80, showed that over 80 percent of them feel their retirement will be different and more exciting than their parents retirement. The study examined the expectations and self perception of what the respondents are looking towards or experiencing in their retirement.

Some of the survey highlights included:
--96 percent said retirement doesn’t mean they are ready to stop being productive

--79 percent currently felt productive
--80 percent of respondents stated that declining or deterioration of health concerns them most
--20 percent worried about not having enough money to live
--60 percent of older Americans polled say they are exercising more than 2-3 hours a week
--4 out of 5 say they prepare meals from scratch rather than eating frozen, pre-prepared or takeout meals
--97 percent said the food they eat is very or somewhat healthy

"Today’s seniors are relatively healthy, very active, engaged in their lives, their interests and their communities and are a real hoot to be around," said Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD, Charlotte Edwards Maguire, Chair, and Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Florida State University. "This generation is redefining so many aspects of aging and retirement. It is no surprise this dynamic demographic is shattering outdated perceptions and rewriting the way we perceive older adults."

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