chapter  7
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The Culture and Context of Old Age

A recent national survey suggested that about 81% of people in the United States identi›ed themselves with a religion: 77% Christian and

about 4% non-Christian (see Kosmin, Mayer, & Keysar, 2005). Fourteen percent identi›ed as nonreligious (including atheists, agnostics, humanists, secular, and those who stated they were nonreligious), and about 5% decline to answer the question (Kosmin et al., 2005). Adults age 65 and older were more likely to identify as religious or somewhat religious than those under age 65 (Kosmin et al., 2005).