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As ‘Deaths Of Despair’ Among White Adults Spike, Researchers Identify Root Causes

Husband-and-wife economists find links between the job market and the mortality-rate jump among middle-aged, less-educated white Americans from drugs, alcohol-related diseases and suicide.

Another survey finds that when it comes to aging, Americans worry most about memory loss and health deterioration —

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Seniors Worry Less About Finances And More About Memory Loss, Independence
Americans may be worrying a little too much about the size of their retirement nest eggs and not enough about how they will maintain their independence and close relationships later in life, according to a large survey from the San Diego-based West Health Institute that will be released Wednesday.Interviews with more than 3,000 adults indicate that among those in their 30s, 40s and 50s, financial security was the top retirement concern. But Americans 60 or older worried most about memory loss, with finances way down their list after poor health, loss of independence and ending up in a nursing home. (Sisson, 3/22)

KPBS Public Media: New Survey Reveals Americans' Fears About Aging 
There is no generation gap when it comes to people's biggest worries about aging. A new survey from the La Jolla-based West Health Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago reveal losing one's memory, developing health problems, and not having financial security were the biggest worries across all age groups. The nationwide survey polled more than 3,000 adults over the age of 30. (Goldberg, 3/22)

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