The health conditions of aging Americans

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

In 2015, PSB Research conducted a survey to find the percentage of U.S. adults aged 60 years and older who were concerned about specific issues related to their health as they age. The survey found that 8 percent of people in this age group were concerned about suffering from the feeling of isolation, while 9 percent were concerned about feeling depressed. The same percentage (11 percent) of respondents stated that they were concerned about preparing for the end of life and getting to doctors’ or other important appointments.

The survey also found that the largest shares of people aged 60 years and older were concerned about maintaining their physical health (40 percent) and losing their memory (35 percent).

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Next, let’s look at some optimistic news about the perceived health conditions of U.S. adults aged 65 years and older by ethnicity; the data below is based on a three-year average from 2012 to 2014. The total percentage of people 65 or older who reported being in good or excellent health amounted to 78 percent — a pretty encouraging result!

The largest share of older people who reported good or even excellent health was recorded among non-Hispanic white respondents – 80 percent. In the same period, around 66 percent of Hispanic respondents in this age group stated that they were in good or excellent health, compared to 65 percent of non-Hispanic black respondents.

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Let’s take a look at some of the most popular methods for maintaining a person’s health. During this survey, people 60 and older were asked the question, “What are the keys to maintaining good health as you age?” About 72 percent of the respondents aged 60 years and older said that eating a healthy diet and maintaining a positive attitude was key to maintaining good health as one ages. This can be a very good advice for everyone — the numbers don’t lie!

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About Pavel Prikhodko

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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