Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Originally published in Rebootology
Boomers are healthier than their parents.
Baby boomers have the longest life expectancy in history. The average 65-year-old today can expect to 84.3— nearly three years longer than a 65-year-old in 1980.
New tests to screen for health issues, along with greater public awareness about the dangers of smoking, sitting and obesity, give boomers health advantages that their parents never had. Statins to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease weren’t even introduced until 1987. Boomers are tracking their fitness, tallying their steps and counting their calories. It’s natural to assume they are healthier than the previous generation.
But the data doesn’t agree. “We have all these medical advances, fitness and technology. There’s this belief that with so many more tools available that boomers have to be doing better, but it’s a misperception,” say Health Experts.
Research published in 2013 showed that boomers were in worse health than their parents at about the same age. They had more disabilities and higher rates of chronic diseases.
Just 13 percent of the studied boomers said they were in excellent health, compared with 32 percent of people from the previous generation. Boomers were more likely to be obese, exercised less, and had higher rates of hypertension and high cholesterol.
So in simple terms boomers are heavier, less fit and their minds are giving out.
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