Religion Aug. 6, 2013

To Count Our Days: The Scientific and Ethical Dimensions of Radical Life Extension

The prospect of dying has always fascinated, haunted and, ultimately, defined human beings. From the beginnings of civilization, people have contemplated their own mortality – and considered the possibility of immortality.

Religion Aug. 6, 2013

Religious Leaders’ Views on Radical Life Extension

No religious group in the United States has released an official statement on radical life extension. However, here are brief summaries of how some clergy, bioethicists and other scholars from 18 major American religious groups say their traditions might approach this evolving issue.

Religion Aug. 6, 2013

Americans’ Views of Living to 120, Beyond

If new medical treatments could slow the aging process and allow people to live decades longer, would you want to? Most Americans say no, but roughly two-thirds think that most other people would say yes.

Fact Tank Jul. 3, 2013

A generational gap in American patriotism

Compared to other generations, a smaller percentage of Millennials say the U.S. is the greatest country in the world.

Jan. 30, 2013

Middle-Aged Adults “Sandwiched” Between Aging Parents and Kids

Nearly half of middle-aged adults have an older parent and are supporting a child. And about one-in-seven are providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child.

Dec. 20, 2012

Generation Gap Influences Views on Budget Tradeoffs

The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.

U.S. Politics Aug. 13, 2012

Older Americans Have Been Highly Resistant to Medicare Changes

Older Americans are warier of changes to Medicare than are younger people. They are more positive about the way the program operates, less apt to think that changes are needed and far less disposed towards Paul Ryan’s proposal to reshape Medicare.

Internet & Tech Jun. 6, 2012

Older Adults and Internet Use

As of April, 53% of American adults age 65 and older said they used the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, this represent the first time that half of seniors are going online.

Pew Research Center Feb. 23, 2011

Why don’t you call old people “seniors?”

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Internet & Tech Dec. 16, 2010

Generations Online in 2010

Even in online pursuits still dominated by Millennials — such as social networking use — older generations are making notable gains.