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Posted: December 11, 2011

Topics include: Report on the Retirement and Health Poll, Go4Life, Upcoming Event: A Celebration of Active Aging, and New Report from the World Health Organization

Report on the Retirement and Health Poll

From AoA eNews 10/11/11
In the coming years, an increasing number of Americans will reach an age when they will consider retirement. This will include many people who represent the “baby boomer” generation. Given the different experiences and values of this demographic group, as well as the changing nature of the American life, the nature of retirement itself may change. This poll was conducted in order to capture first-hand the perspective of those who will shape the nature of retirement moving forward: people over age 50, including not only people who have retired, but also people who plan to retire (“pre-retirees”) and those who do not plan to do so. The poll covers the following areas:

  1. The retirement experience of retirees and the expectations of pre-retirees;
  2. Perspectives on the timing of retirement;
  3. Steps taken to stay healthy in retirement;
  4. Views on the role of Medicare and Medicaid in retirement;
  5. Perceptions of what makes a community a healthy place for retired people; and
  6. Concerns about being admitted to a nursing home during retirement.

To learn more about the poll findings and to download a copy of this report


Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH (National Institute of Health), is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. The campaign offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign. To learn more and to order the free exercise & physical activity guide and video

Upcoming Event: A Celebration of Active Aging

Did you know that September 23-29, 2012 is “Active Aging Week”? To find out more, go to the International Council on Active Aging website.

New Report from the World Health Organization

WHO (2012). The health-care challenges posed by population aging. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 90 (2), February, 82-83. Available online and also in  the PDF version of article