August 28, 2009

Fountain of Youth Out West

78%

Adults ages 65 and older who live in the West are the most likely to say they don’t feel old.

Those looking to feel young later in life may want to consider heading west. Fully 78% of adults ages 65 and older who live in the West say they don’t feel old, compared with 67% of older adults who live in the rest of the country. Half of older Westerners say they feel 10 or more years younger, and one-in-five say they feel 20 or more years younger. Among older adults, only 21% of Westerners say they feel old, compared with 28% in the North, 29% in the South and 34% in the Midwest. And while there is no regional difference in self-reported health among any age group under 65, 72% of older adults living in the West say they are in excellent or good health, compared with just 63% of those living in other regions. Older adults out West also get more exercise than adults ages 65 and older in other regions of the country. Read More