Boomers, Retirees Focusing on Good Health

March 15, 2012 ( – Nearly all (98%) middle-income retirees surveyed state that good health is extremely important to a satisfying retirement.

When it comes to understanding what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle, middle-income Boomers and seniors agree that knowledge comes after age 40, according to a study released by the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement (CSR). Nine-in-10 (93%) middle-income Americans ages 47 to 75 feel they have a greater awareness of healthy living now than when they were in their 20s, and 89% say they are in similar or better health than their parents were at their age.    

Ninety-four percent of middle-income American ages 47 to 75 indicate that they have taken at least one step to improve their health in the past few years, including improving their diet and eating habits (77%), taking steps to reduce stress (65%) and doing mental and physical exercises (64% and 56%, respectively).  

However, the survey found less than half (42%) take advantage of Medicare’s annual wellness visit. Forty-seven percent of women and one-third (32%) of men used this preventive care service in a one year period.  

The CSR’s Retirement Healthcare for Middle-Income Americans study of 400 pre-Medicare Boomers (ages 47 to 64) and 400 older adults (ages 65 to 75) with an annual household income of between $25,000 and $75,000 was conducted in September 2011.