While only 7 percent of Connecticut’s older residents currently lack health insurance coverage, 25 percent of respondents said they are not confident they will be able to afford adequate coverage in the future.
- About 80 percent of adults 50+ worry about one or more financial issues
- Maintaining finances and lifestyle in retirement are worries for two-thirds
- About 60 percent of respondents are worried about public assistance benefits being there when they need them
- Financial planning and saving are concerns of 60 percent
- Half worry about providing financial support for family members
- Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of 50+ adults said they do not believe elected officials in Connecticut are doing enough to lower electricity costs
Despite their own worries, Connecticut 50+ residents are divided when asked if they would support a plan to reduce the state budget deficit, if it meant cutting public benefits. One in four said they would oppose such a plan, while an equal number would support it.
Despite their concerns about their own health and financial security, four in ten 50+ adults in Connecticut are extremely/very interested in volunteering in their communities.
The survey is one of several tools that AARP is using to listen to its members and the 50+ population in Connecticut that will help guide our work in the future. When it comes to helping older people live their best lives and achieve their future goals and dreams, AARP can help. As the largest non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life for older Americans, AARP leads positive social change and delivers value to members through information, advocacy and service.
According to Kelley, “AARP continues to be a strong voice for Connecticut’s 50+ population, representing their interests and concerns in the marketplace and with our elected officials. As our aging population continues to grow, these are the issues that AARP will be thinking about and working on to help Connecticut’s current and future 50+ residents live their best life.”