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Older adults feel good about senior living

August 8, 2012

To young adults, growing old is often viewed in a negative light, but results of a recent survey prove that's not the case. A telephone survey of 2,250 adults over 60 found many of them are optimistic about everything from their financial well-being to their quality of life, USA Today reports.

The research was conducted by the publication in conjunction with UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging and may change some perceptions on getting older. Among the most interesting findings was that 75 percent of respondents expect their quality of life to either stay the same or improve in the next five to 10 years. Not only that, but 60 percent say covering the monthly retirement cost of living is not a problem.

The results also seem to run counter to the bleak picture of retirement that some people had painted. While younger adults may face grim prospects due to a struggling economy, older adults seem to have weathered the storm particularly well.

"People in retirement have dodged a bullet," William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, told USA Today. "They've gotten to the promised land in time to avoid all the bad stuff."

This is not the first batch of research touting the happiness of seniors. Earlier this year, a report published in Perspectives on Psychological Science also found older adults tend to be happier than their younger counterparts largely because they focus more on positive memories and experiences.

While the findings may come as a surprise to some people, given how active the average retiree is today, it is not that unusual. Many seniors are engaged in their local communities through volunteering. Specifically, Senior Corps is home to more than 500,000 adults over 55 who volunteer regularly.