With COVID-19 case counts remaining high in much of the United States, 34% of adults age 50 and older feel socially isolated. And 1 in 4 feels that their social life and relationships have gotten worse over the past year.
More people think their local area is doing a good job than a poor job meeting the needs of older adults, but people of color and lower-income households are more concerned that their community isn’t equipped to provide the services needed for people to age at home.
Americans want to age in a home setting and support a range of policies to help them do so.
People providing care to an aging family member or friend have been acutely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, yet the pandemic has not led to any heightened awareness when it comes to preparations for growing older or caregiving.
The AP-NORC Center’s 2018 survey of long-term caregivers asks Americans about the types of challenges and costs they face providing care.