Aug. 20, 2009

End-of-Life Decisions: How Americans Cope

While most Americans approve of laws that say treatment can be stopped if that’s what a terminally ill patient desires, they are split on what they would do personally in that situation.

Aug. 12, 2009

Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap

They have different values, beliefs and lifestyles, but young and old today are disagreeing without being disagreeable. Both also share a fondness for Woodstock-era rock and roll.

Aug. 7, 2009

Go West, Old Man

If a latter-day Ponce de Leon were to search for a modern fountain of youth, he’d do well to explore America’s West. There he’d find the highest concentration of older adults in the United States who don’t think of themselves as old.

Jul. 29, 2009

Nap Time

On a typical day, a third of the adults in the United States take a nap. Napping thrives among all demographic groups, but it’s more widespread among some than others.

Jun. 29, 2009

Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality

There is a sizable gap between the expectations that young and middle-aged adults have about old age and the actual experiences reported by older adults themselves.

May. 28, 2009

Most Middle-Aged Adults Are Rethinking Retirement Plans

In the midst of a recession that has taken a heavy toll on many nest eggs, just over half of all working adults ages 50 to 64 say they may delay their retirement — and another 16% say they never expect to stop working.

May. 14, 2009

Different Age Groups, Different Recessions

Older adults are less likely than younger and middle-aged adults to say that in the past year they have cut back on spending; suffered losses in their retirement accounts; or experienced trouble paying for housing or medical care.

Apr. 23, 2009

Luxury or Necessity? The Public Makes a U-Turn

From the kitchen to the laundry room to the home entertainment center, Americans are paring down the list of familiar household appliances they say they can’t live without.

Apr. 8, 2009

Smokers Can’t Blow Off Stress

While many say they light up to relieve stress, half of all smokers say they “frequently” experience stress in their daily lives, compared with just 35% of those who once smoked and have now quit, and 31% of those who never smoked.

Mar. 26, 2009

Before the Great Recession, a Phantom Recovery

The eight-year period from 1999 through 2007 is the longest in modern U.S. economic history in which inflation-adjusted median household income failed to surpass an earlier peak.