A new McKinsey Health Institute (MHI) survey of more than 21,000 older adults (defined as those aged 55 and older) across 21 countries finds that respondents largely agree about the importance of having purpose, managing stress, enjoying meaningful connections with others, and preserving independence.
According to MHI the results show, unsurprisingly, that older adults who have financial stability—no matter their country—are more likely than their peers to be able to adhere to healthy habits, including those that boost cognitive health. Additionally, contrary to the perception that older adults are tech laggards compared with their younger peers, the results find widespread technology adoption, especially in smartphone use, among the older adult population.
Overall, the report shares findings around mental, physical, social, and spiritual health and what a healthy lifespan can mean in a world that is growing older.
For a look at the full results with some deep insights that may be informative to communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly, check out the report here.