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Baby Boomers Increasing Effects on Health Care


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When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.
Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four.
-The Beatles When I’m Sixty-Four LyricsThose lyrics by the Beatles pose a timely question. Most sources state the baby boomer generation are those born between 1946 and 1964. Modern medicine has found ways to increase our life expectancy. At one time infection was the leading cause of death in older people, before the advent of antibiotics to kill bacteria. Now we deal with noncommunicable diseases that stymie our health but only in advanced stages does death occur.
As we are aware, it is hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, congestive heart failure, and dementia that have the most significance and have thus drawn the most attention of all who dedicate their lives to health care. Another matter of concern is obesity. It is obesity that leads to most of the maladies already mentioned.
Healthcare faces many challenges in dealing with our aging population. There will be a need to make changes in the Affordable Care Act to accommodate payments to healthcare providers. There are expectations of a shortage of health care professionals. A change in family structure may lead to fewer family caregivers. And again, the incidence of obesity will continue to increase.
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What can an individual do? Oh, how I have harped on this one before…get healthy! The best way to beat health care and drug costs is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat a healthy diet. Maintain a proper weight. Exercise that is appropriate for your age and health condition. The websites of the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) and the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) provide excellent information on diet and exercise; it is wise to visit them. Yes, it being accountable for one’s actions. A healthy lifestyle is healthy for everyone.
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References
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2. Older adults. HealthyPeople.gov website. www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/older-adults. Accessed August 1, 2015.
3. American Hospital Association. When I’m 64: How Boomers Will Change Health Care. Chicago, IL; 2007.
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5. National Academy of Sciences. Population aging will have long-term implications for economy. ScienceDaily website. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120925143920.htm. Published September 25, 2012. Accessed August 1, 2015.
6. Garza, Anyssa, The Aging Population: The Increasing Effects on Health Care. Pharmacy Times Published January 2016