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Aging Poorly: Another Act of Baby Boomer Rebellion


Health & Wellness  (tags: health, interesting, research, study, Baby boomers, prevention, illness, healthcare, protection )

Cal
- 681 days ago - npr.org
Baby boomers are healthier in some important ways. They are much less likely to smoke, have emphysema or get heart attacks. But in lots of other ways, the picture's not so great.



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pam w. (191)
Monday February 4, 2013, 3:08 pm
" But along the way they're having a lot more knee operations"

++++++++++++++++ LOL...yep, that's be me.....two artificial knees!
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday February 4, 2013, 3:42 pm
noted, thanks Cal
 

John Farnham (53)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:29 pm
They also have had fluoridated water.http://www.fluoridation.com/
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:30 pm
Excellent post. Thanks. Looks like we all need to eat better, walk more, and lose more weight than perhaps we thought.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:11 am
I am a baby boomer, and am pretty healthy, (genetics), but maybe all the other sicknesses mentioned are a result of the knowledge we now have today which was missing then. Even though they eat well and exercise, many things weren't known then.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 4:19 am
Noted, there is probably a pill for that.
 

janice l. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 4:33 am
get out and walk, best thing for you, along with a healthy diet. I feel great
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 5:07 am
ty
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:00 am
Very interesting, and a wake up call.
 

Sam E M. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 7:23 am
Too many cars, too much pollution, too much fast food, and not enough exercise. If the baby boomers are already feeling the effects, how much worse will it be for following generations.
We need to pick and choose only the good things provided by progress and technology, not those that damage our health.
 

Nancy M. (202)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:17 pm
Interesting because I have often thought the same. My 85 year old mother walks five miles every morning. How many 65 year olds do that?

Part of it is just plain old weight. My parents grew up poor with not so much food to eat. They were rather skinny adults. Our generation was probably thought of as healthier with a better diet and still alot of walkiing to school and such. But not so much as we entered adult hood.

Yes- get out and walk and eat better. Many do but not all.
 

Joseph Simpson (9)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:25 pm
My father bounced back from two heart attacks that should have killed him by walking. People live to fast these days with fast food and snacking between meals.
 

Sara T. (3)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:51 pm
A wonderful solution for the "get enough exercise" problem is to adopt a dog from a local shelter and take him/her for walks I found a wonderful friend online at PetFinder.com and enjoy daily 30 to 45 minute walks with him! He's my best friend!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 3:14 pm
Interesting, wasn't aware of all these issues, but makes sense now.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 4:43 pm
Get the high frutose corn syrup out of the foods, get the toxins out of the foods, stop marketing the crap as natural when it's natural bullcrap. Yes, people should exercise more I suspect but a lot of it is the crappy foods that are in the stores that hold hidden dangers that people do not realize. Also people who are poor, and we are having more of our population falling into that place today, can't afford to eat the fresh fruits and veggies. In order to fill bellies a limited choice many have in order to fill bellies to keep from starving.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:02 pm
Actually the body is designed to go to about 45 as optimum. There are a lot of stress and with medical science we overcome many accidents and diseases that killed off earlier generations. Healthy food? Who can afford it? Yes, the elderly get less food stamps! In the past much of the additives did not exist. The FDA has not done a good job of preventing toxins and other alterations to food.
 

D D. (102)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:51 pm
Interesting news....thanks.
 

paul m. (93)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:22 am

Thanks for ..
 

Helen Porter (40)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 3:03 am
I'm not a baby boomer but my oldest brother was.

I'm seventy and grateful for nearly perfect heatlh,.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 11:30 am
Time to pay more attention ...we are, after all, products of our choices; That includes attention to health issues and availability of medical care down the road as will be needed.
 

Nimue Pendragon (275)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 1:05 am
Too many people take too many pills that they don't have to, if they ate sensibly and did some exercise, they'd be better off.
 

Sandy Nichols (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:06 pm
Deborah W. - you can't say we are products of our choices. Many people including me have illnesses that we have did nothing to get what illness we have. And Nimue, if all you had to do is eat sensibly and exercise in order to not get sick wouldn 't people do it? Just guessing neither one of you have had an illness? Our parents and grandparents didn't have the tests and medical knowledge that we have now days. There are also medicines that weren't available to them then.
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:12 pm
I think that, while lifestyle can have a negative impact on health, we should never forget the sheer amount of pollutants in our environment that are contributing to so many of today's illnesses.
 
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