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Survey: Health not a top priority for those living out their golden years

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Experts from across the country gathered at the Kentucky International Convention Center for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, or n4a, 38th Annual Conference and Tradeshow. Experts from across the country gathered at the Kentucky International Convention Center for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, or n4a, 38th Annual Conference and Tradeshow.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville was the center of all things aging Tuesday night as experts from across the country gathered at the Kentucky International Convention Center for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, or n4a, 38th Annual Conference and Tradeshow.

During the conference the focus was not only centered around coming up with ways to help aging Americans live out their golden years, but also learning about the latest policies, programs and services in the field.

National Association on Aging CEO Sandy Markwood said, "We're here to help people age successfully, and you're right, people are living longer and that's a really good thing. But they need help, and what we're looking at is how to help older adults and also their family caregivers who they depend on to help age successfully. So we provide a whole range of services that help people help themselves and help them stay at home."

NBC Medical Editor Doctor Nancy Snyderman served as the keynote speaker for the event. Snyderman said she wants to help people live longer - and better, "If we put as much time planning our health as a trip to the grocery store, we'd be ahead of the game."

Results from the United States of Aging survey, which looked at American seniors perspectives on aging, were released during the conference.

The survey found few seniors are concerned about their health, half of the seniors polled said they have not set any specific goals to manage their health.

The survey also looked at technology. The survey said seniors felt devices such as smart phones and computers were important to help them stay connected, but nearly half felt it was too costly and about a third said they don't know how to use them.

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