The verdict is in: Americans are worried about the economy. The latest evidence comes from an AARP nationwide survey that asked respondents ages 45 and over about how they have responded to the slowdown. Most participants said that the economy is in bad shape and that they have changed their own behavior to adapt. Among the findings:
- More than 1 in 4 respondents said they are having trouble paying their mortgage or rent.
- About a third said they stopped putting money into their retirement accounts.
- About a quarter said they postponed plans to retire.
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