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Posted on December 27, 2013 by West Corporation 


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Top 10 Baby Boomer Health Trends

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The “baby boomer” generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) are beginning to enter their retirement years, and regardless of our own specific generations, the boomers’ health and wellness will impact us all. Future public policy, insurance costs and more rely on the wellness of this generation.

A recent article from Discovery Fit and Health outlines 10 of the most important health trends among the boomer generation. Click here to read the full article.

  1. Obesity – While baby boomers are living longer than any previous generation, they also have the dubious distinction of having the highest rates of obesity for their age bracket than any other generation.
  2. More food conscious – One survey indicated that four in five boomers are more food conscious, more attentive to food labels and know more about the origins of their food products than they did in 1980.
  3. Not as healthy as previous generation – Compared to previous generations, one study found that people between the ages of 50 and 64 are more likely to need assistance with personal-care activities due to medical conditions.
  4. More active – One study showed that active people enjoyed 16 additional years of healthy living than did sedentary people.
  5. More prescription medications – Between 1996 and 2006, there was about a 25 percent increase in the number of people between the ages of 55 and 64 who received more than five prescriptions during a hospital visit.
  6. Living longer – Due to the number of boomers who will be collecting benefits, Social Security is expected to begin paying out more than it takes in as early as 2017.
  7. They get jacked up – In 2008, 61 percent of people between the ages of 40 and 59 drank coffee every day, while only 47 percent of those between 25 and 39 did so on a daily basis.
  8. Weightier opinions – With more than 100 million Americans now over the age of 50, their votes and dollars are recognized as being more important than ever.
  9. More marketing attention – There will be a growing effort to develop and sell to boomers devices aimed at extending personal independence, or “aging in place.”
  10. More medical attention – In 2030, there will be nearly three times as many people over the age of 65 than there were in 1980.

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