With COVID-19 case counts remaining high in much of the United States, 34% of adults age 50 and older feel socially isolated. And 1 in 4 feels that their social life and relationships have gotten worse over the past year.
More people think their local area is doing a good job than a poor job meeting the needs of older adults, but people of color and lower-income households are more concerned that their community isn’t equipped to provide the services needed for people to age at home.
Americans want to age in a home setting and support a range of policies to help them do so.
The population of Americans age 65 and older is growing at an unprecedented rate. In 2014, there were 46.2 million adults age 65 and older, and this number is expected to more than double to comprise about 98 million older adults by the year 2060. How to plan for and finance high-quality long-term care will remain a key policy question for lawmakers in the years to come. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from The SCAN Foundation, is undertaking a series of major studies on the public’s experiences with, and opinions and attitudes about, long-term care in the United States.