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Older Adults' Confidence in Government to Prepare for Public Health Emergencies


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October 2021


This Spotlight on Aging explores older Americans’ opinions about government preparedness for public health emergencies. 

About 45% of Americans aged 50 and older in the United States do not believe the federal government has prepared the country for public health emergencies, according to recent research from NORC at the University of Chicago powered by the AARP-NORC Foresight 50+ panel.


Public health emergencies may include disease outbreaks, like COVID-19, and severe weather events, including major storms, hurricanes, heatwaves, floods, and wildfires.


NORC conducted the Spotlight on Aging survey of older Americans’ views of government preparedness for public health emergencies in September 2021.

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