When we’re 64

Americans Discuss Social Security” is a new initiative supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Our premise,” says an advertisement for the project, is that “the more we all understand about how we and our fellow citizens view old age, the easier it will be to figure out what role Social Security should play in it.”

The group polled Americans in order to compare “perceptions” with “realities” of old age. “Perceptions” refers to what Americans ages 18-34 expect to happen when they get old. And “realities” is an account of the experiences of people age 65 and over.

 

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