A new study finds Birmingham seniors "optimistic" about aging

      According to the second annual United States of Aging Survey, most Birmingham seniors remain "optimistic and confident in their ability to age successfully." That same study also finds that a lot of them are not "investing" in things that can help manage their long term health. {}Birmingham is one of five cities picked for the survey.
      • 94% of Birmingham seniors are very or somewhat confident in their ability to maintain a high quality of life in their senior years, compared with 86% of seniors nationally.{}
      • 72% of seniors in Birmingham report having two or more chronic health conditions, compared with 65% of seniors nationally. Yet, more than half of Birmingham seniors (57%) have not set any specific goals to help manage their health in the past 12 months.
      • When it comes to community services, 49% of Birmingham seniors rate the quality of health care services as very good or excellent, and 48%rate job opportunities for seniors as fair or poor.
      • While most Birmingham seniors cite technology as being very or somewhat important in helping them keep in touch with family and friends (86%), 30% say a lack of understanding prevents them from using more technology.{}
      The National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare, and USA TODAY conduct this survey annually.{}