Senior citizens fear moving into a nursing home and losing their independence more than they fear death, according to a study, “Aging in Place in America,” commissioned by Clarity and The EAR Foundation, which also found that the Baby Boomer children of seniors also fear for their parents.
Boomers express particular concern about their parents’ emotional and physical wellbeing should they have to enter a nursing home, finds the study, which examines the attitudes and anxieties of the nation’s elderly population (via MediaPost).
When asked what they fear most, seniors rated loss of independence (26%) and moving out of home into a nursing home (13%) as their greatest fears. Death was cited as the greatest fear for just 3% of seniors.
Some key findings of the study:
Below, more-detailed findings from the study.
Seniors Want to Age in Place, Don’t Ask for Help
Seniors Open to New Solutions
The study examined seniors’ attitudes toward technologies that enable an independent life.
Boomers Worried about Aging Parents
The study also examined the attitudes of Baby Boomers who have at least one living parent.
Boomers Helping Senior Parent
Boomers Have Not Turned to Technology to Help Parents
About the study: The research for “Aging in Place in America” was conducted by an independent research company, Prince Market Research. Over 800 seniors and Baby Boomers were polled. This is the third in a series of studies since 2003 commissioned by a partnership of Clarity and The EAR Foundation to better understand the health and lifestyle needs of America’s aging population.
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