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Who we are - key demographics of the 55-plus crowd

10/7/2016, 6 a.m.

Older adults in the DeKalb and the Atlanta region love living here and are embracing fitness, keeping on top of their blood pressure, volunteering and embracing life.

Here are so key information about them from the ARC's survey "Older Adults in the Atlanta Region: Preferences, Practices and Potential of the 55-plus Population."

  • 67 percent of older adults think the Atlanta region is a good place to retire.

  • Most older adults have lived in the region an average of 37 years

  • 64 percent say they will remain in their current home as long as they can

  • If they move, 52 percent plan to move to another home in the Atlanta region

  • 67 percent of people 55 years and older plan to continue working after they retire

  • A third of older adults volunteer on a regular basis

  • Less than half of older adults say they are in good or excellent heath

  • 85 percent of older adults say their mental health is good or excellent

  • 11 percent of older adults do not exercise at all

  • 89 percent say they exercise at least 1-2 times a week

  • Almost all are checking their blood pressure and cholesterol regularly

  • Less than half are getting flu shots or pneumonia vaccines

  • Only 21 percent own long-term care insurance policies

  • 45 percent are very or somewhat concerned that they will not be able to pay for long-term care.

  • 88 percent use their own vehicle as their primary mode of transportation

  • 15 percent have trouble getting where they need to go

  • 70 percent of older adults living in DeKalb and Fulton counties rate the region a good or excellent place to live.

  • 84 percent of older adults own the home they live in

  • 29 percent of older adults live with family

  • 85 percent of older adults have family in the region

  • 43 percent of older adults would move to be closer to family

  • 13 percent of older adults would move to around "people my own age."

  • 38 percent of adults 55 to 59 years old are not working full-time

  • 72 percent of unemployed older adults retired from a full-time job

  • 35 percent of older adults actively volunteer

  • 51 percent of adults 65-69 report excellent or very good health

  • 52,8 percent of Older adults in DeKalb report excellent or very good health

  • 11 percent or 44,000 older adults need some assistance with preparing their own meals

  • 67 percent of older adults older than 65 need to improve their diet

  • 14 percent of older adults had poor diets

  • 51 percent of older adults believe Medicare will pay for long-term or don't know

  • 52 percent of adults, 55 to 59, and 58 percent of those who nonwhite, are concerned that they will not be able to pay for long-term care

  • 21 percent of older adults own long-term care insurance policies