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Baby Boomers Healthcare

Updated on May 26, 2014

Healthcare: What are the Problems Facing Baby Boomers

In this decade the number of people aged 50 and more will become one of the largest demographic groups ever recorded in the history of the United States. These are the baby boomers, generation born between 1946 and 1964.

More Baby Boomers are concerned about uninsured medical costs than about retirement and other long-term expenses, according to a new poll conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

As the 78 million baby boomers in the nation begin to age, concerns about senior health are rising. The Association of American Medical Colleges states that there could be a shortage of 130,000 physicians by 2030. In that year, around 36,000 geriatricians will be required. However, the number of these specialists has dropped almost as steadily as the need for them has risen.

Here are some alarming facts prone to happen in the next 20 years:

* Over 57M boomers will be living by 2030 (55% female)

* Medicare-eligible 65 year olds and older will triple by 2030

* 50% of Boomers will develop at least one chronic condition

* Obesity will affect over 30% or nearly 20M of Americans

* Diabetes will affect 25% of Boomers or nearly 14M Americans

* Arthritis will affect over 50% of Boomers or nearly 25M Americans

* Joint replacements will be performed 8 times more than today

Demand for trained medical staff

There are around 7,100 physicians who are certified as geriatricians across the country, which is roughly equivalent to one healthcare professional to serve the needs of 2,546 older Americans

Baby boomers Health Issues
Baby boomers Health Issues

Top Issues that Affect Baby Boomers

Top Health Issues facing Baby Boomers

* Heart Disease

* Cholesterol

* High Blood Pressure

* Heart Attacks

* Strokes

* Arthritis

* Cancer

* Diabetes

* Hearing

* Osteoporosis

* Vision

* Shingles

Middle-aged women with weight problems could reduce their chances of enjoying a healthy old age by up to 80%, says new research in the British Medial Journal. This study states that women who have a high BMI (body mass index) in their 50's are considerably more likely to suffer from major chronic diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease and poor quality of life.

What's affecting baby boomers health

Poor eating habits, lack of exercise and stress are connected and can lead to most of the health issues of baby boomer generation

Stay Healthy at 50
Stay Healthy at 50

For male baby boomers

Stay Healthy at 50+

1. Get the Screenings You Need

Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Blood pressure checks and tests for high cholesterol are examples of screenings. You can get some screenings, such as blood pressure readings, in your doctor's office. Others, such as a colonoscopy, a test for colorectal cancer, need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office. After a screening test, ask when you will see the results and who you should talk to about them.

2. Take Preventive Medicines If You Need Them

Aspirin. Ask your doctor about taking aspirin to prevent heart disease.

3. Take Steps to Good Health

Be physically active and make healthy food choices.

4. Get More Information on Good Health

Check out these Federal Government Web sites: Guides and tools for healthy living, an encyclopedia of health-related topics, health news, and more. Go to:

MedlinePlus. Health information from government agencies and health organizations, including a medical encyclopedia and health tools. Go to:

Questions Are the Answer. Information on how to get involved in your health care by asking questions, understanding your condition, and learning about your options. Go to:

Healthy Men. An AHRQ Web site for men on staying healthy. Go to:

If you don't have access to a computer, talk to your local librarian about health information in the library.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Yeah, the statistics are looking rough for those entering medical school. Doctors (in Canada) are overbooked, esp. female general practitioners. To support the aging boomer population (in terms of healthcare), we need Universities to increase their acceptance and enrollment of med students. I personally feel (again, I'm Canadian) that there are enough willing and qualified students to fill the need, but not enough affordable schools (nor enough 'spots' available to accommodate them).

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      joykennel 6 years ago

      Nice job on the lens! Every little bit helps as we age! I remember reading a long time ago in the book Age Wave, by Ken Dychtwald, "baby boomers are the first generation who will take 100 years to turn 50". By sheer numbers baby boomers can continue to act and feel young and say, "I don't feel 50, 60, etc." Thanks for the info!

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      I'm a baby boomer and the future is scary! I'm stressing out over lack of exercise! Thanks for your very good advice.