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Senior Fear Factors: What Aging Americans Fear Most
Date:3/24/2010

Many of seniors' greatest fears are tied to the loss of independence, and at the root of that anxiety is the inability to remain active because of conditions that often accompany aging. But staying active is worth the effort, according to Home instead Senior Care founder Paul Hogan. In response to mounting research that underscores the mental and physical value of being fit, Home Instead launched a program designed to keep seniors physically active and mentally engaged.

Omaha, NE (PRWEB) March 24, 2010 -- A recent national survey conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network found that 74 percent of seniors 65 and older say that staying physically active is a major challenge. Adult caregivers see the problem as well: 81 percent of adult caregivers listed staying physically active as a top challenge for seniors. That challenge led 90 percent of seniors in the survey to report their greatest fear as loss of independence.(1)

The survey revealed seniors have these other fears as well about the future, beginning with the greatest fear and in descending order:

1.   Loss of independence
2.   Declining health
3.   Running out of money
4.   Not being able to live at home
5.   Death of a spouse or other family member
6.   Inability to manage their own activities of daily living
7.   Not being able to drive
8.   Isolation or loneliness
9.   Strangers caring for them
10.   Fear of falling or hurting themselves

According to Home Instead Senior Care Co-Founder and CEO Paul Hogan, at least half of the fears on this list could be tied to a senior’s inability to rema
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