National Council on Aging study shows seniors happy in communities

GREENVILLE, SC – A new nationwide poll shows that more seniors are content and happy especially when living in communities such as The Woodlands at Furman, which is geared for active seniors.

USA TODAY partnered with UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging to gauge the attitudes of Americans age 60 and above. The telephone poll showed that most are enjoying their golden years, in stark contrast with a more somber national mood.

The economy remains shaky, unemployment stubbornly high, the housing market stalled and the stock market volatile, but older Americans say they’re generally happy with their lots in life. Most are content with their finances, their health and where they live, and most are optimistic about the years to come.

This mirrors what has been seen at The Woodlands at Furman, a Life Care community that added Masterpiece Living, which assists visionary communities who are already leading the industry with their wellness commitment, to become places where residents and staff alike seek to better themselves.

“Our residents have peace of mind living here,” said Troy Cannaday, The Woodlands at Furman’s executive director. “They can lead active lives and be independent here.”
According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of seniors nationwide say the past year has been normal or better than normal.

In addition:
• 75 percent of people in their 60s expect their quality of life to get better or stay the same over the next five to 10 years.
• More than 60 percent say it’s easy for them to cover their monthly living expenses. If an unexpected expense were to occur, 71 percent are confident they could pay it.
• The poll shows that staying active and engaged in the community is a top priority.

The Woodlands at Furman is a non-profit, mission driven continuing care retirement community owned and operated by a local board of directors and managed professionally by Greystone Communities. The 22-acre campus, adjacent to Furman University, opened in March 2009 and consists of 132 apartment homes in addition to 32 assisted living apartments, 16 memory support suites and 30 skilled nursing suites. Residents enjoy a wide range of amenities - enabling them to continue an active and engaged lifestyle. For more information, please visit

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