January 28, 2010

USA: New Yorkers worried about aging relative

. NEW YORK, NY / United Press International / Health News / January 28, 2010 New Yorkers say they are more wore worried about managing the care of an aging or elderly relative than they are about the economy, a poll indicates. A survey by Partners in Care, conducted by Gotham Research Group, indicates 55 percent of people living in New York say they worried about managing the care of an aging or elderly relative, while 57 percent say they are over the cost of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The telephone survey of 502 New York residents conducted Jan. 5 to Jan. 7 demonstrates managing the care of an aging/elderly relative is a major concern for New Yorkers. Almost half of New Yorkers -- 49 percent -- report they are very worried about making sure their relative can remain independent and stay in his or her home as long as possible. The level of reported concern regarding this issue is on par with New Yorkers' concern regarding the direction of the nation's economy over the next few years at 52 percent. "The poll is very telling," a spokeswoman for Partners in Care says in a statement. "It speaks to the universal truth that underneath all of our concerns about money and politics, New Yorkers are deeply concerned about making sure all people live their lives with dignity and respect." The survey has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points. [rc] © 2010 United Press International, Inc.