As the winter holidays approach, most Americans say they're optimistic about the future when it comes to personal finance, health issues and the status of the country, according to the latest AARP Bulletin poll.
On health matters, 79 percent of adults ages 18 to 49 and 75 percent of people age 50 and older said they were positive. A wider gap was exposed on finances — 68 percent of younger folks and 60 percent of older adults said they were optimistic, the poll found.
On their community, those 50-plus were more positive, 76 percent versus 72 percent. Optimism about their family drew about the same response from all ages — 86 percent.