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Survey: Health Matters More Than Money

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NU Online News Service, March 3, 2005, 4:17 p.m. EST

Working Americans say their bodies are more important than their financial assets.[@@]

Researchers at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Minneapolis, have published data supporting that conclusion in a report on a survey of 661 U.S. adults who were at least 18 and had not yet retired.

Although 15% of the participants said having enough money is the most important factor in having a high quality of life during retirement, 48% identified good health as the most important factor.

When researchers asked about participants’ top retirement concerns, 24% named the possibility of running out of money, but 28% said their biggest fear was suffering poor health.

Only 3% of the participants said leaving a personal legacy would be important to maintaining a high quality of life during retirement, and only 8% said dying was their greatest concern.