People over 60 more content in life than all other adults, survey finds

WASHINGTON — Is life in and of itself like a fine wine, that is, does it get better with age? While many of us fear what’s to come in our elder years, a new survey finds that most older adults are actually more content than their younger or middle-aged counterparts.

Researchers at AARP conducted a survey with over 2,600 young (i.e., aged 18 to 39), mid-aged (40 to 59), and older respondents (those 60-plus) to gauge attitudes on the phenomenon of aging.

Elderly couple with grandkids
Perhaps 60 really is the new 30. A new survey finds that older adults are actually more content than their young and middle-aged counterparts.

Forty-seven percent of the younger group expressed that it’s “normal to be depressed when you are old,” while only about 10 percent of those aged 60 or older said that one’s elderly years are truly a “depressing stage of life.”

Overall, 67 percent of older respondents reported being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their life, compared to only 61 percent of those aged 18 to 39 and 60 percent of those aged 40 to 59.

“The findings of this new survey are further confirmation of something a lot of people, especially older people, know instinctively and that is that our upper ages can be great,” says Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP’s CEO, in a press release. “However, I think the survey also presents a fairly stark reminder that we’re all faced by a lot of negative associations around aging – some of it’s ‘in the culture’ and some of it may be self-generated, but it’s all damaging and, as this survey shows, it’s often wrong.”

For all of the often unrecognized benefits to being elderly, however, there are still disadvantages, the survey shows.

Older individuals aren’t seen to be served as well as other demographics by certain sectors, including the fashion industry (as expressed by 68 percent of respondents), technology (62 percent), sports (58 percent), and entertainment (55 percent).

“Despite the massive and growing size of the 60-plus population, which already accounts for more than $7.1 trillion of annual spending in the U.S., we don’t see a lot of products and service being developed specifically with the interests and needs of older people in mind,” Jenkins notes.

Jenkins emphasizes that commerce is missing out on a big business opportunity by ignoring the elderly generation.

All in all, the survey’s main takeaway may be that fear of getting older is just an antiquated thought.


  1. That’s simple to explain, we won’t be here when the full effect of socialism, uncontrolled immigration and the islamic invasion hits! The ELOI generation (petty, pampered, narcissistic, unable to do or think for themselves) are going to get just exactly what they want and it will be a hell on earth! Enjoy! You earned it!

          1. Sorry pal, I don’t go into battles of wit with unarmed opponents….thanks anyway, go play shuffleboard.

          2. I’m 40 buddy, there’s nothing here to discuss, the greatest generation raised the biggest generation of pussies, you really want to argue that?

          3. Are we to believe you qualify to be the poster child for the “pussy generation”? A dubious distinction, indeed.

          4. You do realize that the “pussy generation” you like to refer to is YOUR generation, right?

          5. Yeah you moron….do you have anything to refute my claims or just more bs? You sound like a liberal terd. Don’t you have a antifa meeting to attend or something? Come with some kind of argument and I’ll be happy to rebut, until then, put your pussyhat on and head off to protest a monument somewhere.

          6. Actually, the WW2 generation did a good job with their kids. It’s following generation, the 60s flower children who never grew up themselves and passed that trait to their own kids. Those are the people in gov today… the 60s hippies who fought “the man” and then turned into an ever worse version of “the man” with a leftist twist.

          7. I’m 62. Yes, I’ll argue that. GenXers are STILL raising MILLENNIALS. That blows your belligerent little tirade out of the water, kid.

          8. I don’t need to lie, little one. Otoh, you obviously depend on a delusional mindset to make it through the day. sux2bu, kid.

          9. There’s a tool out there called google, all you need to do is type it in there, who raised the millenial generation. The consensus answer is……….ding ding ding, the “greatest generation, the boomers”. That’s a fact, now I’m done, thanks for playing loser.

          10. Yep. And enjoying every breath I take while you support my lifestyle with your taxes. Life is GOOD!

          11. You do that every time you look in the mirror, sonny. Struggling with that lack of self-worth and thoughts of suicide must consume most of your waking moments. Think about someone or something besides yourself for a change, kid.

          12. Like you did when you drove us into unrecoverable debt and got your ass handed to you by the liberals?

    1. Yeah.The damn Islamic invasion all right. A whole 3.3 million out of 333 million!
      Or 1 %!!!!!!! Expected to DOUBLE by 2050 to a whopping 3.6 million, or, slightly more than ONE THIRD of the population of Los Angeles!
      Your paranoid anger and stupidity never ceases to amaze!

      1. I guess you like cutting off little girl parts; organized crime & no go zones; enjoy your mooslems & their gifts of rape & welfare fraud.

        1. Psychopath! Too many NUTCASES! GOD, AMAZINGLY,JUST AMAZINGLY FU**’N STUPID! You really are so dumb it makes me laugh!
          Make sure you look in the closets and under the bed at night! PARANOID MORON!! LOL
          Too funny! What a COWARD!

      2. And you don’t seam to be able to learn from history, do a little reasearch ELOI see how many countries that are Islamic now didn’t start out that way, your a fool!

  2. well we “old fogies” were raised that if someone hurt your feelings you sucked it up. you didn’t need a busload of psychologists, a bucket of crayons, a safe space and a therapy pony. If someone didn’t want to do business with us based on religious beliefs, we went to one of the HUNDREDS of alternative businesses who would and didn’t drop a load in our diapers and whine to the Supreme Court. we also save a LOT of emotional energy not being outraged at every stupid, BS, PC, SJW manufactured “micro-aggression”.

      1. We didn’t raise today’s pussies, our kids made the mistake of sending their kids to public schools and colleges that fed them the sh^t they now espouse.
        Now my kids went to Christian school and raised good kids that are self sufficient and well mannered. But of course there is always that one bad apple we love and put up with. But our bad apple is nothing like these wah wah babies you see rioting and crying.

          1. Actually it was the DC Bureaucrats. No doubt the Government bureaucracy of people to run one public school costs the taxpayers more than the teachers salaries who work at that school. Its a scam.

          2. These old fu**s are too damn cranky and dumb to get it, might as well give up!
            They can put on their MAGA hats, or better yet, shove them.LOL Poor old fools!

          3. maybe you forgot Reagan MAGA is a call back to that time, when folks got along, not the strict partisanship the left and right practices today. Once folks like you stop their requisite ad hominem attacks and work towards solving the problems, then we might have some success.

          4. You will never see people like Gary or his ilk contribute anything positive. Their contribution to society is to name call and agitate.

          5. Gary: The old folks and probably many of your relatives have saved this country many many times over the past. And despite your ignorance…. we do get it. I’m not so sure the current dissent groups do ( snow flakes included). You and your ilk will never know wha
            t have until you loose it….maybe shedding a little blood for this country would change your mind.

          6. You will be lucky to live so long, nature usually weeds out the terminally stupid and you clearly qualify!

          7. Same dummies that still line up behind old McCain and McConnell and expect to get anything done, I hear ya.

        1. Yawn.I’m 64. went to public school, I’m fine.MOST of us are.Not wishing harm on young people. You people just psychotic?JEEEEEZEZ H!

          1. That was before your generation took over & started the socialist brain washing. & you built up the debt & you stole the money from future generations. When they are your age & eating cat food; they will be too brainwashed to figure out what went wrong.

          2. I believe that that debt was generated by George W and doubled radically by the left’s lord and savior Barack Hussein. Blame those responsible, not us regular Joes.The last thing I am is socialist. I agree that there are some who ARE stealing the future, that’s why you have to carefully critically THINK so you support the right folks, otherwise you have a crowd of socialist millennials who will think your money is better in their pockets than yours.

    1. I take great pleasure in knowing that the vast, vast majority of today’s college snowflakes will never have we we do. They will never enjoy a successful career that leads to a real retirement and financial security. They will never have the boats, the lake homes and vacation cabins, the cars or homes we have managed to accumulate through hard work.

      What’s more, they will mostly die in the poor house on a gov penance or under a bridge somewhere. If they are lucky they will end up with their parents house that they won’t be able to even afford the upkeep on.

      There will be successful kids out there raised by parents who did a good job but it’s a rare breed today.

      I wonder if most of these morons realize their college records are a career death sentence for them. We go through applicants records with a fine tooth comb and if we see any leftist bs or pc courses of any kind, their resume goes into the trash can.

      Real companies who are in business to show a profit don’t want social justice warriors in their organization. We know a lazy troublemaker when we see one.

      1. Sound like a couple of old crank “hell in a handbasket” know it all types! NOT content, bur dumb, bitter and hateful.

          1. Laughable tough guy.
            All you bitter, F’d up my life, angry hateful NUTS complaining! Got new for you losers, MOST PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE JUST OLD CRANK IDIOTS! They are correct! LOl

    1. Ironically, you still have the freedom to post your BS, as well as others do in order to piss on it. Here’s your participation trophy, Buttercup….

    2. And yet you don’t have the wherewithal to understand the irony of your post. The biggest failure of “boomers” is that they raised people like you.

    3. Quite an imagination you have there, child. Did your little imaginary friend dictate that to you or scribble it down in crayon for you to copy?

  3. of course aarp is going to commission a study with the results decided upon beforehand! aarp makes its money off those over 55.
    remember: aarp was one of obama’s biggest supporters especially his disastrous obamacare. aarp supported the LIES of : you can keep your doctor; your health costs will go down

    aarp has zero credibility as this phony study with its guaranteed results attest

    1. I remember that exactly. AARP = CRAP. I would not and will never join it/them, even if it was free. ObamaCrapCare screwed up my Kaiser health care plan. FU, AARP.

        1. No conspiracies. Organizations like AARP make money from their actions & politicians stay in power with the brainwashed younger generation.

      1. ALL generations are subject to previous generations. You wouldn’t be commenting on this site without previous generations’ accomplishments. Do you have a cell phone, car, etc…. etc….

          1. Anything posted that has gotten under your skin to make you so angry. Have a nasty day, child. lol

          2. Then get back to work and quit playing on your computer. You are paying for my socialist security too and I plan to live a long time just to agitate you.

          3. This is golden age of retirement, don’t live too long. If I had a choice I would give all boomers a Do Not Resuscitate. Just let them die off naturally, take away their drugs. They really never took care of them selves and dependent on drugs, sorry medication.

          4. Hopefully, those who come behind you will feel the same way about you. As for me, I hate to ruin your day but i just got the results from my last physical and I have absolutely no health issues….none. Think about me every time you see what you have paid into socialist security and know that part of it is going to me. I do have a better idea though, since you are about to fix all the damage that we boomers have done, get someone to write me a check for all that I paid in and I will shut up and go happily away with what I paid in and not a dime more.

          5. “have absolutely no health issues….none”
            Except you are a BATSHIT CRAZY OLD ASSHOLE! There IS that! LOL.

          6. GRRRR BILL! Growl, sputter and foam at the mouth.NOBODY cares what you think GRAMPS!!!! Hilarious!

          7. Seems something of an irony that you, of all people, accuse most of those commenting here to be old, angry, stupid, crazy, assholes, etc.. Look in the mirror, my friend. You have issues.

          8. LOL I have no issues! I love my life! Don’t owe a cent to anybody, have a million bucks to retire on, a great wife etc! NOTHING to WHINE about like you LOSERS!
            Poor stupid Bill!

          9. Naw!!! We are all confident that YOU will fix all that is wrong with the country. It’ll be paradise once you get all the career politicians in line, just wait and see.

          10. Get a 2nd job. I need a new hip to go golfing, dancing and water skiing on. Hop to it, sonny!

          11. LOL….I’ll be retired before you will old man. Walmart needs a greeter if your looking. I’m a highly paid systems administrator, you know, those new-fangled computer ma-jigs.

          12. I retired comfortably at 50, little girl. Other than my daughter’s birth and those of my 4 grandkids, it was the happiest day of my life. You will be bitter to the end. Tsk tsk. Now pull those panties out, Priscilla, and get a 2nd job! I have needs that require more of YOUR $$$$$.

          13. Sure ya did old man, off to you antifa meeting now. It’s getting close to your bedtime, hustle up.

  4. I was beginning to think I had developed more patience in my old age, but then it occurred to me that it wasn’t an increase in my level of patience at all. There are just a lot more things I don’t give a $#1t about any more.

    1. This is why Boomers should not be able to run our country anymore! They “don’t give a $#1t!” Why are these people still running congress, the white house, and Corporate America? Last 30 years of nothing, except for bickering. What a waste!

      1. Now that YOUR turn has come, show the world how you are going to clean up the mess we left behind and stop bitching about what we did wrong.

        1. Already working on it. Mentoring younger people of my Generation. I have a Masters in Accounting and teaching about how to budget their money and help them look for ways for personal improvement. I answer their questions, there is no such thing as a stupid question. I do not judge when they make mistakes, I tell them to Always keep improving, which has nothing to do with you bank account. We will see what happens.

    1. Considering your generation did nothing to fix social security since 1983, you should get the bare minimum to survive. Most of you retire early, and with the help of drugs you stay alive bitching for another 20 years. There will definitely be a reckoning!

  5. Being close to 70, I am content because I won’t be here when the sh8t hits the fan, and if I am I certainly won’t care anymore than I do now. I have health problems that ensures It won’t be long before MY Savior calls me home.

  6. My husband and I are enjoying life so much, we agree that if we had known our sixties were going to be this much fun, we would have tried to get here sooner!

  7. I think it more than just a little ironic that those same nazi-liberals that are forcing the removal of statues everywhere are THEE MOST AGITATED GROUP of PEOPLE…because taking statues down won’t make them feel any better about themselves because they believe themselves to be victims. The problem with that is that YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING & MOST HAVEN’T EVEN EARNED SELF RESPECT!

    As my sweetheart and I age very gracefully, going on vacation after vacation, enjoy driving our new cars & motorcycles, doing what we want with the MONEY WE HAVE EARNED AND SAVED, WE LAUGH AT THOSE NAZI-LIBERALS AS THEY KNOW NOTHING OF PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY….AND THEY WONDER WHY THEIR KIDS HATE THEM SO MUCH AND THEIR NEIGHBOR IS CHEATING WITH THEIR WIFE!

  8. 62, retired and spend my time doing whatever I wish. I love helping my daughter and sil on their farm when I can, and spending time with my 4 grandkids. I go fishing whenever I get the urge. Life at 60+ is Great.

  9. The road to happiness is easy. Lets see the formula to success (for me)?

    1.Be accountable for yourself, suck it up and get on with life when the going gets tough.
    2.Get a degree, then go to work every day that you can and invest money in a 401K from being 25 years old until now.
    3. Find a wife/life partner who shares your values. I got lucky and met found my wife 29 years ago on a blind date > decided to get married in 10 days > married on day 51; and have never been apart since 1989. I can’t imagine life without her; and the old adage “if you pray together you stay together” is oh so true.
    4.Go to church and live your principles as a Christian witness – in my case that after being the prodigal son in my family. Just proving that you can survive the worst of a misspent youth and come out on top. But for sure it was my wife who had acted as my foil and whose friendship and support got me through the hard times.

    Following those simple tenets-I’ve had a chance to get everything I ever wanted and make sure I’ll have a great retirement in 5 years or so. Like others microaggressions/snowflakes/their apathy towards work/their communistic ideas of how to run a nation….that’s just completely foreign to this Southern (Texas) lad.

    Hmmmm…I’m glad I wont be here in 25 to 30 years to see the US fall apart, as I feel the day is coming when a real civil war will occur as opposed to the “cold” civil war we’re currently in. Fortunately Oklahoma or Texas will be the best places to be; so I’m right where I need to be.

      1. come on down and make me cretin, at least I’m not a millennial who can’t do math, gets upset cause they got no money, and has to hide because they cant take the truth – and call it microaggression. BTW learn to spell Elmo.

        1. No you are a moron who only knows how to insult everyone, thinks he is gods gift to the world, thinks he knows everything better than everyone else and is in fact an uneducated, ill mannered cretin not worthy of the title human being. Now blocked.

  10. You can ALWAYS tell a story linked to Drudge.
    Nearly ALL the comments are from angry,old know it all ( but know nothing ) assholes that loudly pronounce the world has gone straight to hell, and BITCH,MOAN and complain about EVERYTHING.
    Poor STUPID hicks. it’s never too late to get a basic education! Your psychotic hateful personalities are another matter!
    Hilariously STUPID!
    I’m 64, don’t HATE millennials, worked hard, have plenty of money, a great wife and NO F’N CHIP ON MY SHOULDER!

    1. you’re older than me then GRAMPS why dont you go fish and STFU? BTW if you had any brains all you had to do was but Apple at 5.08 like I did.

      1. WTF? Did you MISS THE “I HAVE PLENTY OF MONEY “PART? I have over a million bucks! That’s enough you fake!
        What an imbecile, I’m not griping at all! Are you really THAT stupid? Apparently so! LOL

  11. Of course they are happy; they have left their debt with the young.
    The young being brainwashed in schools think that it is the fault of capitalism; while the old people suck up all the bankrupt social security, medicare & retirements.
    If the young want to remain dumb; then suffer the consequences and keep voting for Hillary or Sanders.
    Yah, & that AARP; they too shafted the young with that obamacare. Laughs all around.

  12. Amazing every old fogie with a chip on their shoulder is on here telling us they dont have one while they blast away.Too funny. No doubt they invested in the wrong stuff though the years. Amazon and Apple…..great investments in 2005 and 1991.

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