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AARP Research: A Conversation Starter About Age

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” 
—Leroy (Satchel) Paige

AARP Research conducted an online survey of 1,573 people age 18 and older to elicit data to entice others to start conversations about:

   ●  personal perspectives on age,

   ●  similarities across age groups,

   ●  how we see ourselves based on our current age, and

   ●  how we see others that are older and younger than us.

Key findings include:

   ●  Age is relative.

   ●  Regardless of age, ninety-five percent (95%) of respondents are
       still learning.

   ●  Most believe age is about living, not dying.

Before you open and explore the report, answer these questions to see how you stack up against others your same age.  Answer slides are noted at the end of each question.

   1.    At what age do you consider most adults to be ‘over the hill’?
          (slide 7)

   2.    Have you ever lied about your age? (slide 8)

   3.    What exercise do you do more today than you did 10 years ago? (slide 16)

   4.    How many times per week do you cook dinner at home? (slide 17)

   5.    How many times a day do you laugh? (slide 18)

   6.    When was the last time you worked on learning something new? (slide 20)

   7.    Are you more attracted to people your own age, younger than you, or older than you? (slides 22-23)

   8.    When you forget things, you think of it as…? (slide 24)

   9.    How has your age alone limited you? (slide 29)

   10.  Have you thought something about someone based solely on their age? (slides 30 and 32)

This 15-minute online survey was fielded from January 6-19, 2016 and conducted among 1,573 males and females 18+. The data has been weighted to U.S. Census, by generation, for analysis. For more information or to have a conversation about the data, contact Patty David at


Suggested Citation:

David, Patty. AARP Research: A Conversation Starter About Age. Washington, DC: AARP Research, May 2016.

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