Clover Health Survey Finds 67 Percent of Nashville Seniors Are Concerned About Their Financial Stability

As the population of Middle Tennessee ages, nearly half of retired residents have considered returning to work for financial reasons


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 7, 2019) – Newly released survey results from Clover Health revealed 67 percent of Nashville adults 60 and older are concerned about their future financial stability. Further, 44 percent of retired seniors surveyed have considered re-entering the workforce for financial reasons, indicating a worrisome trend for Middle Tennessee’s aging population.


Despite this level of financial instability, Nashville area seniors are less worried than their peers across the U.S. Nationally, 72 percent of adults over 60 expressed concerns about their future financial well-being, and 47 percent of retirees have contemplated re-entering the workforce.


The Clover survey also found that:

  • Nashville women over 60 worry more about their finances than men: While 76 percent of female seniors are concerned about their future financial stability, just 55 percent of local men reported feeling the same. Women are also more likely to consider going back to work 48 percent said they’ve thought about coming out of retirement for financial reasons, compared to only 39 percent of men.
  • City-dwelling seniors have more financial peace of mind: A whopping 71 percent of Middle Tennessee seniors living in the suburbs and 67 percent living in rural areas expressed concern about their future financial stability, compared to only 53 percent of those living in Nashville.
  • Older adults living alone are more likely to consider coming out of retirement: 53 percent of Nashville area seniors who live alone have considered coming out of retirement for financial reasons, compared to 41 percent of those who do not live alone.


As Americans continue to live longer than before, it is no surprise the workforce is changing. In fact, one recent analysis of Labor Department data reveals that of the 2.9 million new jobs gained in 2018, nearly half (1.4 million) were taken by adults 55 and over. While some older adults are going back to work to alleviate boredom or to remain active as they age, deciding to leave retirement due to financial stress can be detrimental to the health of those individuals.


“It’s disheartening to see that more than two-thirds of Nashville area seniors have serious financial concerns,” said Dr. Sarah Schwartz Wilson, MD, an in-network Clover physician from Sarah Schwartz Wilson M.D. LLC - Family Practice. “Adults with poor financial health are more likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression, migraines, and trouble sleeping. Even in times of stress, it’s crucial to continue to visit your primary care doctor for proactive ways to maintain your mental and physical health.”


As a Medicare Advantage plan serving the Nashville area, Clover is focused on preventative healthcare by leveraging data and its technology platform to proactively address potential illnesses and complications. In doing so, Clover helps its members mitigate the risk of hospitalizations along with the accompanying financial stressors, something that is extremely valuable to seniors on a fixed income. 


The study from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in the Nashville area. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S.