According to the second annual United States of Aging Survey, most Birmingham seniors remain "optimistic and confident in their ability to age successfully." That same study also finds that a lot of them are not "investing" in things that can help manage their long term health. Birmingham is one of five cities picked for the survey.
- 94% of Birmingham seniors are very or somewhat confident in their ability to maintain a high quality of life in their senior years, compared with 86% of seniors nationally.
- 72% of seniors in Birmingham report having two or more chronic health conditions, compared with 65% of seniors nationally. Yet, more than half of Birmingham seniors (57%) have not set any specific goals to help manage their health in the past 12 months.
- When it comes to community services, 49% of Birmingham seniors rate the quality of health care services as very good or excellent, and 48%rate job opportunities for seniors as fair or poor.
- While most Birmingham seniors cite technology as being very or somewhat important in helping them keep in touch with family and friends (86%), 30% say a lack of understanding prevents them from using more technology.
The National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare, and USA TODAY conduct this survey annually.