<PRNewswire> Eyesight and Memory Loss are Leading Concerns Around Aging
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(NUREMBERG, Germany, October 28, 2016 PRNewswire=연합뉴스) Internationally, the top five physical conditions that people worry most about having, either now or as they age, are eyesight getting poorer, not being as mentally alert, lacking energy, having trouble taking care of themselves physically, and being unable to walk or drive.
These are the findings from a GfK survey [http://www.gfk.com/global-studies/global-study-overview/ ] of the online population across 17 countries, which asked people which physical conditions they worry most about having, either now or as they age, from a list of 19 different conditions:
Eyesight getting poorer - 38%
Not being as mentally alert / memory loss - 38%
Lack of energy - 36%
Having trouble taking care of yourself physically - 34%
Losing mobility / unable to walk or drive - 33%
Experiencing body aches - 30%
Gaining weight - 27%
Being more at risk for serious diseases - 26%
Losing your hearing - 24%
Having digestive problems / irregularity - 21%
Getting wrinkles, sagging / loose skin - 21%
Losing your hair or having your hair get thin - 20%
Incontinence - 19%
Losing muscle tone - 19%
Losing your sexual drive - 17%
Hair turning gray or white - 16%
Developing age marks, scars or noticeable veins - 15%
Menopause - 10%
None of these - 10%
The study reveals how widespread certain concerns are within different countries and between genders - information that manufacturers and retailers can use to better target their product placement and advertising.
For example, 38 percent of the international online population says "eyesight getting poorer" is a worry. But this rises to over half in Spain (53 percent), Mexico and Argentina (both 52 percent). Similarly, "not being as mentally alert" is a concern for 38 percent of people internationally, but is much wider concern in Spain (66 percent), Argentina (58 percent), Germany (52 percent), Mexico (51 percent) and Italy (50 percent).
Some countries also stand out as being more concerned about specific physical conditions compared to others. Russia is the only country surveyed where "losing your teeth" is a top five most popular concern, while in Japan and Korea "getting wrinkles or sagging skin" is in their top five. Japan also has "losing muscle tone" in their top five, which again does not feature in other countries' top five.
Differences between men and women are also seen. Both genders have the same top five physical concerns around aging - although in slightly different order. However, looking further down the list, far more men than women worry about "losing sexual drive" (22 percent men; 11 percent women) - and far more women than men are worried about "getting wrinkles or sagging skin" (32 percent women; 11 percent men).
Download the full results for all 17 countries: http://www.gfk.com/global-studies/global-study-overview/
About the study
GfK's online survey interviewed over 22,000 consumers aged 15+ across 17 countries. Fieldwork was completed in summer 2016 with data weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the online population aged 15+ in each market: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, UK and USA.
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