Baby Boomers, Healthcare and Health Risks

Wed, Apr 18, 2012

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One of the big questions that has taken a backseat to many of the pressing economic issues of today is: how are we going to provide adequate healthcare for the baby boomer generation? The first groups of baby boomers, those born in 1946, are just turning 65, with the youngest group of baby boomers being around the age of 47. These baby boomers are expected to live longer than any generation ever has. The projected life span for a male born in this generation is 82, while a woman is expected to live closer to 85.

The anticipated problem is one that we should expect, but yet have no real idea how we are going to manage. These baby boomers will soon be leaving the workforce, retiring, and starting to experience growing health problems. The healthcare industry will have a greater stress demanded than ever before. By 2030, nearly 20% of the population will be over the age of 65. Currently, only 13% of the population is over the age of 65.

One of the greatest health problems facing aging baby boomers is that of obesity. If you are overweight, right now is the time to start to take control of your health and lose weight so other
health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and immobility do not escalate to higher levels in later years. Roughly a third of baby boomers are obese, and another third are overweight. It has been said that 70% of baby boomers will enter retirement age overweight. The amounts of health problems that can result from that are staggering. This will place a huge burden on the health care industry, insurance companies, and tax payers that are simply unable to be met.

To avoid compounding problems that arise as a result of obesity, it is important to eat healthy and to be active. If you already have existing medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure make sure you contact your doctor before you begin any diet or work-out plan. When you begin to reach the age of retirement, it is important that even if you do have extra time, you do not eat more than you use to. In fact, you should actually scale back the amount of food you eat.

In fact, as you begin to reach the age of retirement, age 65 or above, your body needs less calories consumed each day to be healthy. If you are under 65, but entering retirement soon it is
recommended by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness that you lift weights twice a week and do either two hours and 30 minutes of moderate cardio each week or an hour and fifteen minutes of intense cardio each week. If you are already older than 65, consult your doctor to determine a workout plan that will help keep you healthy and strong.

Some of the other most common problems baby boomers face are heart disease, kidney disease, arterial sclerosis, osteoporosis, breast, lung, and colon cancer, stroke, and joint complaints such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. Dealing with these issues, especially as you age can be extremely expensive. It is important that all baby boomers make an nvestment into health care coverage if they are already not covered. You can also invest in a personal medical alert that will help you get the assistance you need quicker if something were to happen. The costs associated with treating these can be astronomical, and it is important to start planning your future now financially, as well as physically to ensure you have the healthiest and happy retirement you possibly can.

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