Senior Healthy Living Survey

by SilverSneakers

Executive Summary

The Senior Healthy Living Survey by SilverSneakers is conducted by global  intelligence company Morning Consult. The survey is fielded twice monthly among a national sample of adults 65 and older who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage.

The mission of the Senior Healthy Living Survey is to serve as a primary voice of seniors nationwide in the areas representing all aspects of our mission. Harnessing this voice with rigor, and a focus on future-state, to anticipate the needs of seniors tomorrow while driving the thought leadership and product development of today.

Each survey includes a fixed set of questions on healthy behaviors along with a dynamic set of questions that cover timely topics imperative to our myriad stakeholders

Key Findings

  • January sees an increase in active seniors participating in physical activity every day (+4%), as well as an increase in those exercising 31-60 minutes per day (+6%) and 61-90 minutes per day (+3%). The number of seniors who are members at a gym or community center also increased (+4%) to match an all-time high.
  • inter weather remains an obstacle – 18% have avoided exercise due to bad weather, and 37% say they would exercise more if the weather improved, an all-time high. Likely related to the season, rates of seniors stating they feel lonely has increased month-over-month to now a quarter of seniors stating they feel lonely (25%). Encouragingly, seniors using video calls to connect with family and friends has increased to 42% in January 2023.
  • Coming out of the 2022 holiday season, there was a 3-point increase among seniors stating eating health foods is important (86%) and only 2% saying it was not important. Food insecurity numbers among seniors remains stable as well.
  • Comfort socializing remains steady in January (79%) as well as fears about potential COVID outbreaks (61%). There is still some concern about COVID, but most believe surges are the new normal (80%) and just under three quarters (74%) feel we will learn to live with COVID-19 and its variants without disrupting our everyday day lives.