Findings differ on the true state of the health of that segment of the U. S. population known as baby boomers. Some figures indicate that people in the age range from late forties to sixty are in worse health than were their parents. It’s a generation that is aging poorly, in spite of great advances in medicine.
These people are less likely to be smokers, which helps to decrease incidence of emphysema and heart attack. But, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity are replacing those diseases.
It was believed at one time that this group exercised regularly, meaning at least three times a week. Other researchers report that crediting baby boomers with exercising more than the those that went before them might not be accurate. These opposing statistics show that boomers are, in reality, exercising at a rate of ten percent less than the generation that preceded them.
The issue of eating habits among the boomer group is not clear, either. Because of the diseases they are getting, many healthcare people believe their eating practices are far from what they should be.
Veteran’s Poor Health Contribute To A Dim Picture
Many Vietnam veterans fall in the age demographic included in the post World War II baby boom. Some of these former servicemen suffer from emotional disturbances which makes it difficult for them to pay attention to their physical health.
Depression Increase Seen
Another disturbing trend is the growing rate of depression among baby boomers, possibly a byproduct of broken families. The social turmoil of the 1960s has also been cited as another cause for their mental and emotional breakdown, as well as today’s poor economic conditions.
Some See Suicide As The Answer
Experts once believed the middle part of life to be a time when a person was apt to be stable. The rising rate of suicide among baby boomers makes it apparent this is not always true.
Dependence On Medical Technology And Drugs
Doctors are concerned that too many seniors depend on the pills they’re prescribed and other medical procedures to get them through each day. They are disturbed, too, that they are quick to request and rely on props such as canes, walkers and motorized chairs.
It’s Not Too Late o Change
No one’s situation is hopeless. The fact that life spans are longer today gives anyone who has the desire more time to correct bad lifestyle practices. By making improvements in eating habits, being physically active, and addressing mental and emotional issues, you can still create a better state of your personal baby boomer health.