It seems that baby boomers are having a better time of life than a lot of other Americans.
Based on data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a new report finds that American adults aged 55+ rank higher on measures of well-being compared to the rest of population, with individuals over the age of 75 faring the best.
The study which included interviews with approximately 173,000 individuals across all the states in the US, 91,000 of which were 55 or above saw that Older Americans scored high in financial well-being, where 52 percent were thriving, compared to 32% among those younger than 55. For the report, well-being is defined by 5 factors: sense of purpose, financial situation, community, social life and physical health.
The report found that depression and smoking decreased with age while health insurance coverage and access to a personal doctor increased.
81% of adults 75 and beyond reported receiving positive vibes from friends and family compared to 76% above of those aged under 55.
Gallup-Healthways research in the past shows that high well-being is closely connected to lower rates of healthcare utilization, employment absenteeism and the onset of new disease burden. The well-being of older Americans is also a key predictor of life expectancy.
“There are proven and effective interventions that combine social and physical activities to keep people healthy, active and productive as they age,” Joy Powell, Market President at Healthways said in a press release. “Our research shows that older Americans who are thriving in well-being exercise far more, have less depression and have lower rates of obesity and chronic illness.”
The report also ranks the well-being of older adults in all 50 states to determine where they fare best — and worst: