HOW OLD IS OLD?
- Overall, they are upbeat about the future.
- They are more likely to be excited about the positive aspects of aging, such as retirement, rather than being worried about the negatives, such as declining health.
- One-third of boomers say they feel confident about growing older, which is almost twice as many who say they find it frustrating or sad.
- Sixteen percent are actually happy to age, which is about equal to the number who admit they are afraid to grow old.
- Most baby boomers expect to live longer than their parents with a better quality of life in old age.
When it comes to aging, what worries the boomers?
- 45 percent are deeply worried about physical ailments that will take away their independence.
- 44 percent are worried about losing their memory.
- 43 percent worry about being unable to pay medical bills.
- 41 percent are worried about losing financial self-sufficiency.
- 18 percent worry about dying.
What are boomers doing to look younger?
- Only one in five has had or would consider plastic surgery. Among those, the top concern is a big tummy, wrinkly eyes and a sagging chin.
- Only 5 percent of baby boomers say they might use the chemical Botox to temporarily smooth away wrinkles, while 17 percent would consider laser treatments to fix varicose veins.
- 55 percent of women regularly dye their hair to cover gray, compared with just 5 percent of men.
- 25 percent of women have paid more than $25 for an anti-aging skincare product, such as a lotion or night cream, compared with just 5 percent of men.
- 90 percent have tried to eat better.
- 57 percent say they exercise regularly and about the same number say they do mental exercises, such as crossword puzzles, to stay sharp.
Trivia: In Genesis, how old does God set for man to live? 120 years.