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“People are living longer 2 and surely that influences perception of what is deemed to be ‘old age’. But it’s also influenced by how Americans aspire to live their lives as they age,” says Matt Sadowsky, director of retirement and annuities, TD Ameritrade. “Our survey shows that people see aging as a time to pursue new goals and passions, reflecting that they intend to live active, fulfilling lives deeper into retirement. A more active lifestyle at older ages contributes to the shift in our perception of old age.”
The Golden Years of Opportunity – Aging Aspirations Are on the Rise
Eight in 10 (81 percent) see aging as an opportunity to reach new goals Three-quarters (76 percent) agree that aging provides time to pursue passions that did not fit into their lives before As they age, most (62 percent) want to spend time with friends and family, travel abroad (57 percent) or take up a hobby (52 percent) Americans say retirement is – or will be – the most liberating phase of their life (72 percent retired, 61 percent pre-retired)
“Our findings show that whether you’re a millennial or a boomer, people are generally upbeat about the opportunities that come with aging,” continues Sadowsky. “Americans are more likely to associate aging with wisdom (65 percent) and experience (69 percent), than becoming a burden (18 percent) or becoming out of touch (17 percent). The optimism extends across all the generations.”
Yet Despite the Glowing Outlook on Aging, Worries Do Exist
Americans worry more about the health care costs and finances (43 and 35 percent, respectively) than death (26 percent) Declining health is the top fear Americans face about getting older, as losing mental and physical function (both 58 percent) rank the highest Nearly half (46 percent) fear losing loved ones.
Read more at The Associated Press.
With sales of electronic cigarettes skyrocketing, Americans remain divided on whether the devices are a boon or a threat to public health.
That's the main finding of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll that surveyed over 2,000 adults on their e-cigarette views.
Vaping has long been promoted as a way to help smokers kick the habit -- offering them a route to get nicotine without the carcinogens in tobacco smoke.
But e-cigarettes aren't harmless, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities. There's particular concern about young people vaping -- in part, because nicotine can harm brain development, which continues until about age 25.
In the poll, most adults did have misgivings about e-cigarettes: 85 percent said they were worried that the long-term health effects of the devices are unknown; and 83 percent were at least "somewhat" concerned about teenagers using e-cigarettes.
In fact, 43 percent of adults felt that e-cigarettes are actually more dangerous than traditional cigarettes.
On the flip side, about as many people (41 percent) viewed e-cigarettes as "healthier" than traditional cigarettes. And 42 percent rated them as an "excellent way" to quit.
It all adds up to differing views, and possibly confusion, about e-cigarettes and their health effects.
There are, in fact, many unknowns.
Read more at HealthDay.
According to the United Nations, 2018's theme for the annual event is titled With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, and it calls on the global community to reexamine their approach to preparing and empowering all girls to successfully transition into the workplace. This entails providing more educational opportunities and raising awareness on girls being "left behind" in developing countries, more than 90% of whom will work in the often exploitative informal sector for little or no pay.
And this year, Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation initiative that actively works to empower adolescent girls around the globe, is launching a #girlhero campaign, encouraging everyone to celebrate the girls who inspire them by posting a video on social media with #girlhero. The #girlhero campaign resonates with The Harris Poll's International Women’s Day survey, which showed that nearly half of Americans (47%) think celebrating women's achievements is effective in bringing about real and lasting change when it comes to women's equality. A one-percent difference from the leading effective efforts for bringing about real and lasting change: forging positive visibility for women (48%) and challenging stereotypes and biases (48%).
In April 2018, as part of GirlUp's #DadSquad campaign for dads, father figures, and men who are allies for gender equality, Harris Poll CEO, John Gerzema joined other great fathers like Jamie Foxx, Nigel Barker, Tony Goldwyn, Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Mohammed Farshori to empower other Dads globally to join forces in accelerating girl changemakers around the world.
Mental health tops the agenda this week as members of the Association’s CEO Roundtable gather on October 10th, World Mental Health Day, to discuss specific strategies to accelerate evidence-based workplace health programs to improve employee health and well-being and the health of their communities.
The online survey conducted by The Harris Poll also revealed that 42 percent of employees say they have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder by a healthcare professional, indicating the need for mental health services in the workplace.
Led by Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, the 43-member CEO Roundtable leadership collaborative, established in 2013, drives innovative solutions to improve employee health and engagement through evidence-based interventions. The CEO Roundtable’s goal is to improve the lives of their collective 10 million employees and family members and is part of the American Heart Association’s strategy to build powerful partnerships and develop solutions that accelerate scientific discovery, empower people and promote equitable access to optimal health.
There has been growing awareness in recent years about the fact that mental health disorders can affect anyone. Yet, social stigma and discrimination associated with mental illnesses are significant barriers to an individual’s health and may also prevent an employee from seeking help, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 43.8 million U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Read more at the American Heart Association.
Gen Z investors have higher intention around investing in socially responsible options, with 52% saying they haven't started yet but plan to in the future compared to 36% of Millennial (age 25-37) investors. But, Millennial investors were more likely than their older counterparts to have put their plans into action, with more than two in five (42%) saying they have already started investing in these strategies compared to 27% of Gen X investors (age 38-53).
"Gen Z and Millennials' world views have been shaped by global events from the 2008 financial crisis to the increase in natural disasters stemming from climate change," said Dave Fanger, CEO and Founder of Swell Investing. "But these generations are also deeply motivated to tackle those challenges, and that desire has shaped their approach to money and investing."
Read more at Markets Insider.