AARP poll shows health care top concern

AARP poll shows health care top concern

By Laura Thornquist

Special to The Press

Nashville – For seniors in Tennessee, getting health care is a major challenge, and a new poll conducted by AARP shows that four in 10 of those over 50 in the state think it tops the list of concerns. 

Rebecca Kelly, AARP Tennessee State Director, says seniors are concerned about not just medical costs but also about the challenges of staying healthy as they get older.

“People in general, and especially Tennesseans, are not as healthy as we wish we were; many of us know the right things to do but we are not doing them, or we are not finding the time in our busy schedules to pay attention to health care needs.”

Coming in second on the list, identified by three of 10 survey participants, were economy-related concerns, including unemployment and having enough money to retire. Kelly says seniors are specifically concerned about outliving their savings and resources. 

She says the survey also found that many Tennesseans say they don’t have what they need to reach their health and financial security goals. That means they’ll have to retire later than 65. 

“Many people have dreams of retiring, and what we’re finding is that more and more people find themselves working longer, and with the unemployment rate increasing, then that’s a challenge.”

The survey of 400 randomly-selected Tennessee adults age 50 and older was conducted January 2-31.

The report can be viewed at

wcp 3/15/11

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