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Looking Inside the AARP 50 Plus Survey

March 9, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - Eighty percent of Iowans age 50 and over say they want to see higher standards for nursing homes, and a large percentage are also concerned about health care cost, quality and availability, according to a new survey from AARP Iowa.

There are other worries too, according to AARP Iowa State Director Bruce Koeppl. He says members of this age group are also worried that their children and grandchildren will not enjoy the same quality of life they have had.

"They're worried about what's coming in the future and, you know, they're not feeling very optimistic right now about their children's generation."

He says nearly all surveyed said they are concerned about staying physically and mentally healthy. Koeppl says people can find information on the AARP website (www.aarp.org) on how to do just that, and there are other health-related events being planned for the state.

"We are going to be having, later on this spring, a tele-town hall – where we'll have experts discuss how to stay mentally sharp."

Koeppl is hopeful that state and federal policymakers will take the survey results into account as they are deciding which budget cuts to make in programs that affect Iowans over 50.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA