About half of adults in America think Medicare and Medicaid should play large roles in paying for ongoing living assistance for older adults and there is broad and bipartisan support for a host of policies to help pay for the costs of long-term care and caregiving.
The lives of most adults in America remain different than they were before the pandemic, as more than half are still at least somewhat concerned about COVID-19 infection and think steps like vaccination and effective treatments are essential to participate fully in public life again.
Most adults age 50 and older feel confident about their access to services to help them age in their communities, but those living in rural areas and Black or Hispanic older adults have more reservations about the services in their area that support aging.
There is growing polarization in confidence in science, with Democrats (64%) more confident than Republicans (34%). This 30-point gap is up from 9 points in 2018.
Sixty-two percent of adults age 50 and older have used telehealth since the beginning of the pandemic, but socioeconomic differences emerge in the reasons for using—and not using—it.