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America's Elderly Feel Both Good and Bad About Their Lives

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:08 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Regrets? Well, people have more than a few, especially when they get up in years, according to a survey reported in USA Today.

However, the same poll conducted by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA Today indicates that the young and the old are not that far apart when it comes to their optimism about aging.

For instance, 48 percent of people 60 and older say they have the support of their family and friends, compared to 44 percent of those ages 18-59.

In fact, more older Americans (32 percent) say they're happy about their living situation than younger Americans (25 percent).

However, slightly more younger respondents expressed optimism when it came to finances and health than the elderly.

As for regrets, which were asked only of people 60 and older, 45 percent said they wished they had saved more money, 36 percent would have taken better care of their health, 21 percent say they should have been closer to their family, and 15 percent wished they had worked longer than they did.

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