Major findings of this survey of AARP members in the Virgin Islands include high levels of concern about personal financial security and health-related issues such as staying physically fit and eating right, and finding high quality health insurance, with health care in general emerging as the top legislative priority issue for AARP members in the territories.
Virgin Island members are very skeptical of callers from unknown organizations; many doubt the legitimacy of their calls, and half of those surveyed would like such calls to stop. While very few report receiving home loan solicitations, 19 percent of VI members report experiencing some debt problems, indicating a potential vulnerability to predatory lending practices.
AARP's mail survey of 947 of its members in the Virgin Islands was conducted in May and June 2001. The report was prepared by Jennifer H. Sauer (who may be contacted at 202/434-6207 for more information) and Abi Reaser, both of AARP Knowledge Management. (40 pages)