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Age is just a number

By Jeff Arnold, CEO and Chairman

Although aging comes with its challenges, it appears that getting older isn’t a bad thing, especially in terms of overall well-being. Released last week, our latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index report finds that older Americans thrive across the well-being spectrum at significantly higher rates than younger people.

While it may not be surprising that older Americans have better financial well-being (our data found that Americans over 55 are more satisfied with their standard of living and worry less about money than younger people), they also flourish physically and report lower levels of obesity after age 65. They also are more likely to have health insurance, eat more fruits and vegetables, and smoke less than younger people.

This report underscores not only that age is just a number, but also that longevity is a lifestyle; and living your best today can pave the way for a happier, healthier and longer life.