Measures taken by U.S. adults to prepare for old age and death as of 2018

This statistic shows the percentage of U.S. adults aged 40 years and older that had made select preparations for aging and death as of 2018. According to the data, 57 percent of respondents had discussed their preferences for their funeral with someone they trust.

Percentage of U.S. adults aged 40 years and older who had taken select measures to prepare for aging and death as of 2018

Percentage of respondents
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Release date

May 2018


United States

Survey time period

March 13 to April 5, 2018

Number of respondents

1,522 respondents

Age group

40 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: What actions have you taken to plan for your own needs as you age? Have you done each of the following or not?

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