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Since 2018, West Health and Gallup have partnered to track perceptions of aging and the U.S. healthcare system in relation to quality, affordability, equity and access, with the aim of giving voice to the American experience. The goal is to identify strengths, weaknesses, issues and trends that can better inform public policy and healthcare practice and delivery.

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West Health-Gallup 2024 Survey on Aging in America

The 2024 Survey on Aging in America report provides a comprehensive look at changing attitudes, behaviors and trends in healthcare, with a special emphasis on Americans aged 65 and older. The report measures their biggest worries and their most important issues -- Medicare and Social Security, physical and mental health, financial security, and the government's lack of prioritization of issues related to helping older adults.

Key among this population's concerns is older adults' ability to pay for healthcare as they age and whether critical social safety nets such as Medicare and Social Security will still be around when they become eligible to receive benefits.

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West Health-Gallup 2024 Survey on Aging in America

Results are based on a survey conducted by both mail (focused on older Americans) and web from Nov. 13, 2023, to Jan. 8, 2024, with 5,149 adults aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia as a part of the Gallup Panel. Panelists aged 65 and older were oversampled to increase the stability of results for this segment of the population. For results based on this sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error at the 95% confidence level is ±1.7 percentage points for response percentages around 50% and is ±1.0 percentage points for response percentages around 10% or 90%, design effect included. For reported age subgroups, the margin of error will be larger, typically ranging from ±3 to ±5 percentage points.

Follow-up qualitative interviews were conducted March 6-26, 2024, with survey participants who indicated interest in follow-up research participation. Interview respondents were sampled based on selected responses to the survey and are not representative of the entire survey sample.

All interviews were recorded with the respondent’s knowledge and consent. All quotes provided in this report are verbatim.

Gallup weighted the obtained samples to correct for nonresponse. Nonresponse adjustments were made by adjusting the sample to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education and region. Demographic weighting targets were based on the most recent Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population.

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

73% of Americans under 65 are worried that Medicare won't be available when they need it.
15% of adults "strongly" or "somewhat" agree that the U.S. is prepared to care for its aging population.
56% of Americans think future generations will be "worse off" when it comes to both stress and mental health/happiness.
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