Although medicine has improved, new research shows that baby boomers entering their senior years are more overweight and less active than previous generations. However, as this senior population increases, so does the demand for higher-level senior resources.
According to the Administration on Aging, with the aging of the baby boomers, the size of the population 65 and older is experiencing one of the biggest increases in history: between 2010 and 2050 the number of seniors is expected to more than double, totaling 88.5 million by 2050. A story by NBCnews.com states that only 13 percent of boomers are reported to be in excellent health, versus 32 percent of their counterparts from their previous generation.
Researchers said that although medicine has improved, leading to progressively increasing life expectancy, studies show mixed results regarding whether boomers are healthier than prior generations. A generation of sicker adults who are living longer will certainly lead to a more costly healthcare system.
Dana King, a professor in the department of family medicine at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, who co-authored a study in 2013 says, “The proportion of people with diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity is increasing. Perhaps even more disturbing, the proportion of people who are disabled increased substantially.” [Read more…]