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  • Ch. 1. Introduction and overview -- Ch. 2. Data and methods -- Ch. 3. The Sex differential in mortality -- Ch. 4. Race/ethnicity, nativity, and adult mortality -- Ch. 5. Family composition and mortality -- Ch. 6. Religious attendance, social participation, and adult mortality -- Ch. 7. The Effects of basic socioeconomic factors on mortality -- Ch. 8. The Effect of occupational status on mortality -- Ch. 9. Health insurance coverage and mortality -- Ch. 10. Perceived health status and mortality -- Ch. 11. Functional limitations and mortality -- Ch. 12. Mental and addictive disorders and mortality -- Ch. 13. Cigarette smoking and mortality -- Ch. 14. Alcohol consumption and mortality -- Ch. 15. Exercise and mortality -- Ch. 16. The Influence of other health behaviors on mortality -- Ch. 17. Conclusion.
  • The findings suggest that the U.S. public is not particularly worried about the gradual rise in the number of older Americans. Nearly nine-in-ten adults surveyed say that "having more elderly people in the population" is either a good thing for society (41%) or does not make much difference (47%). Just 10% see this trend as a bad thing.
  • Overall, the idea of getting older is something that 3 in 10 Americans 40 years or older would rather not think about at all. Another 32 percent are somewhat comfortable thinking about getting older and 35 percent report being very comfortable. Being older, more educated, and in better health are associated with greater levels of comfort thinking about aging. Sixty-two percent of those 40-54 years old are somewhat or very comfortable thinking about getting older; the percentage increases to 75 percent for those 65 or older. Nearly half of those 65 and older, 47 percent, report being very comfortable thinking about getting older.
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